Pothole damage costs U.S. drivers $3 billion a year
With any luck, area roads have finally stopped freezing and thawing this year and creating big potholes in the process. Pothole damage has cost American drivers about $3 billion annually for the past five years, according to the American Automobile Association.
The problems range from tire punctures and bent wheels to more expensive suspension damage, said John Nielsen, AAAês managing director of automotive engineering and repair. Drivers pay an average of $300 to fix pothole-related vehicle damage.
To make matters worse, said the AAA, about one-third of MY 2015 vehicles have no spare tires, which can be critical for drivers who drive over a pothole.Download Bulletin PDF