Drivers Dealing With One Of Worst Pothole Seasons Ever

Tim Jimenez
March 31, 2018 - 9:43 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW NEWSRADIO) -- After four nor'easters in the month of March, road crews, drivers and auto shops are now focused on those dreaded potholes. 

How bad is pothole season right now? AAA Mid-Atlantic says it responded to around 25,000 flat tire calls so far this year. That's up 25 percent from a year ago.

That's keeping tow trucks and auto shops really busy.

"This is one of the worst years we've seen for pothole damage to vehicles," said Kevin Bowe, owner of Bowe's Exxon Car Care Center in Conshohocken. He says drivers are taking hits on the roads and in their pockets.

"A lot of your cars have expensive aluminum wheels," he said. "They're fairly significant repair when they have to be replaced. And the severity of the road conditions is causing customers to spend several hundred dollars."

So, not just flats, but alignments are needed for example. One tip from Bowe to maybe limit pothole damage is to make sure your tires are properly inflated.

“An under inflated tire is more likely to suffer damage when you hit a pothole," he explained.

And Bowe is looking forward to things calming down a bit.

“We are all excited for some warm weather," he said, "and some sense of normalcy.”