February 11, 2013
It's the season for pot holes. From late winter to early spring, the number of pot holes you see increase and in the wintertime they sometimes appear out of nowhere.
Tony Simpkins, the Shop Foreman at API Service Center, said, "The weather takes effect on the asphalt when we have snow and ice. We haven't had a lot this year, fortunately, that's been a good thing, but, that's another problem for the highways."
As snow and ice freeze and melt on the roadways, it causes cracks, then loose asphalt, and ultimately pot holes, which can seriously damage your car. Simpkin said, "They're very hard on the front end parts of your car, like your ball joints, tire rod ends, tires. It's certainly a problem this time of the year on the highway."
Winter weather takes a toll on the roadways and experts say that if you have to drive over a pot hole, to drive slowly to cause less damage to your car. Simpkin said, "In most cases, you would notice it. The car will begin to shake or you would hear noises. Most damage done would be to the tire in that respect."
The more wintry precipitation we get in Central Virginia, the more pot holes we could see. VDOT says the most common pot hole complaints are concerns with the less than smooth car ride. They also hear about the potential for car damage and concerns about safety on the road.
Simpkin said, "After the winter, it's always good to have your car checked to make sure everything is good there but if you hit a pot hole certainly, have it checked to be sure safety is there for you."
In the wintertime, VDOT repairs the pot holes but it's only a temporary fix. The colder weather doesn't allow the material to stick as well to the surrounding pavement.
If you have a pot hole you would like to report VDOT has a road maintenance number for reporting road repairs. The number is 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).