Spring is here and potholes are a plenty! Chicago’s dreaded pothole season started in February this year, but we are gearing up for round two. With the combination of rain from the past few days and the freeze we are expecting this weekend, we are sure to see more potholes form on the roads in the upcoming weeks.
Potholes occur when snow and ice melt during the Spring. As a result of the freeze-thaw cycle, water seeps beneath the pavement through cracks caused by the wear and tear of the road. When temperatures cool to freezing at night, the water becomes ice and expands below the pavement, forcing the pavement to rise. With the weight of traffic continuing to pound on this raised section – and the temperatures once again rise above freezing – a shallow divot forms under the surface and the pavement breaks, forming a pothole.
Upon meeting a pothole in the street, take these necessary precautions to make sure it doesn’t get the best of you.
- Slow Down – the faster you drive when you hit the pothole, the worse the damage is going to be.
- Get A Solid Grip – it’s important that you have a solid grip on the steering wheel upon driving over a pothole.
- Avoid Braking – braking upon hitting the pothole can lead to even more damage.
- Keep Tires Properly Inflated – an under-inflated or badly worn tire is more likely to suffer damage.
Worried About Possible Damage?
Potholes can do a great deal of damage to your vehicle, especially to the tires, rims, and suspension. Note that some vehicle damage is immediate, but other damage may be unseen. If you experience tire bulging or blisters, dents in the rim, or alignment issues make sure to get to us right away. Give us a call 708-687-5258 and we can take a look.
Also, interesting side note – the city of Chicago has a website showing every street that has a pothole. Check it out to notify others of where to locate potholes.