Potholes have already been plaguing roads across the province. City crews are repairing potholes at record rates and drivers are wondering what they can do to protect their car and their pocketbook. Repairs due to hitting a pothole can cost a driver up to $1500.
CAA’s government relations specialist Raymond Chan suggests drivers should keep a few key tips in mind as they navigate a particularly pesky pothole season.
• Check your tire pressure: Ensure that your tires are inflated to manufacturers’ recommended standards. Properly inflated tires will reduce the risk of getting a flat tire.
• Drive the speed limit: When navigating potholes, don’t slow down to the point that you are impeding traffic. This can be dangerous!
• Don’t swerve unexpectedly: Stay focused on the road ahead so you can anticipate any oncoming potholes so you don’t have to swerve unexpectedly, which can be dangerous to you and those around you.
If you to hit a pothole and find yourself in need of roadside assistance:
• Note your location and document the pothole, your surroundings and the damage with photographs.
• Collect contact information of any witnesses.
• Write down exact details on how the accident happened. Some municipalities provide compensation to drivers who can prove damage to their vehicle was a result of hitting a pothole and this information can be helpful if you pursue that avenue.
Raymond Chan Manager, Government Relations
Subject matter expert on transportation issues at the municipal level.