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Potholes are Popping Up and Can Cost you Big Bucks

CENTERVILLE -- Huge potholes are popping up all over the Miami Valley.

It's not easy to spot a pothole while driving, especially at night, and with more and more of them popping up, you can expect to pay a pretty penny to fix your car if you hit one.

"They feel like the whole car is just gonna bust apart, very rough on the car," said Angela Puterbaugh. "I try to avoid them."

Avoid all you want, but potholes are popping up, and they can cause some damage to your car.

"The plows are actually tearing up the roads a little bit," said Brad Hamilton, Shop Manager at Collision Center of Dayton. "So we've had a couple here lately."

The damage to your car can vary from something simple, to something costly.

"You can go as low as maybe $200-$250 all the way up to, the upwards of $2,500," said Hamilton.

"I couldn't afford to fix my car," said Puterbaugh.

That is why most people try to avoid potholes, but if you can't, and you hit one, there are some sounds that you should know about.

"A deflated tire makes a very distinct sound, and it's like a thump, thump, thump, and if you hear that you need to get to a safe location, get off the road and inspect your vehicle," said Hamilton.

Hitting a pothole might not flatten your tire but could bend your rim.

"If you have like a bent rim, then you're going to get a vibration," said Hamilton.

Angela has some advice for drivers, if you're trying to avoid potholes.

"Just keep a safe distance between you and the other cars and if you see something, get over if you can try to avoid them," said Puterbaugh.

Trying to avoid the potholes can sometimes be dangerous if there are other cars around.

So the best thing to avoid a lot of damage is to make sure you have good tires on your car.

 
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