Pothole Season In Full Force Across Mid-Mich. 2-28-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Pothole Season In Full Force Across Mid-Mich. 2-28-2011

Potholes are showing up everywhere across Mid-Michigan as we get a break from cold temperatures.
Tri-City driving has been anything but easy so far this year. If the ice and snow weren't enough, now potholes are being added to the equation.
You can't always see them, and certainly this time of year, after most of the snow plowing has been done, there is more of them out there,” said auto service center owner Tom Grauf.
Grauf operates Grauf's Service Center in Saginaw, and he’s doing what he can to let people know about the damage potholes can do to their vehicles.
“We make sure it has good ball joints, it has tight steering parts,” said Grauf. “If those things are worn and a car hits a pothole, those things can snap. It could snap, and you could lose control of your car.”
It's the continuous freezing and thawing that causes the pavement to crack open, sending drivers on a bumpy ride.
When water collects in those cracks and as temperatures fluctuate, the moisture causes the pavement to expand and contract. Eventually, the pavement will break apart and this will create a pothole. Grauf said the best thing you can do to avoid them is to just drive cautiously.
“That's all you really can do, just keep an eye out the best you can,” advises Grauf.
When the freeze-thaw cycle comes to an end around the end of April, road crews will be out patching those craggy crevices with asphalt.
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