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(WTOP)   In the wake of all these winter storms and the destruction they wreak on the roads, here's some tips on how to avoid pothole damage to your car. 1) Don't drive through potholes   (wtop.com) divider line 28
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2014-02-06 01:05:32 PM
Thanks, Captain Obvious.
 
2014-02-06 01:17:53 PM
Yeah, where the fark were you on Monday when I wasted a tire on one? $150 present for me. Yay.

/ Around here it's like driving the Baja 1000, without the heat
 
2014-02-06 01:17:55 PM
I WOULD IF I COULD YOU SONOFABIATCH!
 
2014-02-06 01:18:53 PM
Uhm duh....

fatlip.leoweekly.com
 
2014-02-06 01:19:08 PM
Watch out for the three-corner joint potholes.  Three corners eroded away, fourth is still pointy.  I had the misfortune of hitting one and it caused a bulge in the tire's sidewall.
 
2014-02-06 01:19:24 PM
Avoiding potholes has become a daily game with me. One off ramp near me is riddled with them, off to one side there is quite the collection of hubcaps.
 
2014-02-06 01:20:58 PM
"above freezing" people problems

The local problem here seems to be lack of lane width due to over-loaded snow banks.
 
2014-02-06 01:25:29 PM
Since tailgating is a the usual driving mode around the Beltway, it is no surprise so many never see it coming.

/// Back off my truck's bumper and you can probably miss these.
//// I will perform a brake check if you get too close - trust me.
 
2014-02-06 01:26:18 PM
1) Notify your authority of the pothole. Keep a record.
2) If you/or anyone else gets their vehicle damaged on that said pothole, you can get money to fix your flat.

/Not sure all states follow this rule or not
 
2014-02-06 01:35:04 PM
There's two schools of thought with potholes. Swerve around them if you can, or do 50+ and go over them. Depends on a few factors like environmental and traffic conditions.
 
2014-02-06 01:36:40 PM
One time back in the 80s my dad wound up damaging two tires because of a huge pothole in Detroit.  We were taking my grandmother back to her apartment in Detroit after Thanksgiving dinner, and at the time we didn't live too far from Pontiac.  We wound up with a flat on the Lodge Freeway, worst part of town, Dad got that one tire changed super-quick.

It wasn't until we got home, about 30 miles away, that Dad saw that the other tire had that sidewall bulge.

I hate driving through Detroit when visiting my family.  I-275 might be the long way around, but at least there are fewer potholes...and it goes around Detroit.
 
2014-02-06 01:37:11 PM
A few years ago, the roads, especially one highway was worse than swiss cheese.

When a car hit his brakes hard just as I was switching lanes and going behind him, he went from way over the limit to way UNDER the limit, so I had a split second to move so not to smash into him.

Turned out that he hit his brakes that hard because he saw a cop (speed trap).

Problem was, that I had to tilt the motorcyle hard and thanks to the potholes, I near hit more than one, causing me to have to fight to ensure that I didn't end up in a mess.

Because of his sudden speed change and me ending up in front of him, the cop assumed that I was the one speeding and pulled me over.

The only way that I might have clocked over was during the swerve and regain of control, so maybe 1-2 seconds.

I fought it in court, lost anyways as the judge did appear to not like motorcycle... the hint was when she tells me that I should get rid of the bike and get a car instead (joke's on her, I had two cars at the time...derp).

But anyways... explaining that those potholes could have cost me my life, she pretty much acted in a way that meant "good, another one of those motorcycles off the road".

Not a good day.
 
2014-02-06 01:41:48 PM

MMASnafu: 50+ and go over them


if you can drive over them at high speed and not worried that your wheel might be left behind, that's not a pothole... that's a little crack, a dent, missing a stone.

A pothole lurks for tires, hungers for them, and will rip one out and delight in doing so.  Some even try to rip the whole wheel assembly off and laugh at you with glee.
 
2014-02-06 01:42:09 PM
In VA, they just dump a bag of asphalt patch into the hole and don't even bother stamping it down (that's what care tires are for). So then you wind up with shiat that looks like this
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And they wonder why it doesn't last.

If a DOT worker is exceptionally lazy, he'll just toss the entire bag into the hole and call it a aday.
 
2014-02-06 01:42:11 PM
ProTip: Leave ample distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and watch the travel of its suspension as it proceeds for any sudden jolts or compressions.
 
2014-02-06 01:42:18 PM
here's = here is
here is some tips?
here are some tips?

/not a grammar nazi... or apostrophe police...
 
2014-02-06 01:46:01 PM
 
2014-02-06 01:46:38 PM

Nick Nostril: Yeah, where the fark were you on Monday when I wasted a tire on one? $150 present for me. Yay.

/ Around here it's like driving the Baja 1000, without the heat


Check with your township about that.
In NJ and PA (as far as I know), if the pothole has been reported, the TWP has 24 hours to fix it.  If they don't and someone's car gets damaged, they are liable for the repairs.

Or to put it another way, if that pothole is more than 24 hours old, you may not have to pay for damages.
 
2014-02-06 01:57:00 PM

durbnpoisn: Nick Nostril: Yeah, where the fark were you on Monday when I wasted a tire on one? $150 present for me. Yay.

/ Around here it's like driving the Baja 1000, without the heat

Check with your township about that.
In NJ and PA (as far as I know), if the pothole has been reported, the TWP has 24 hours to fix it.  If they don't and someone's car gets damaged, they are liable for the repairs.

Or to put it another way, if that pothole is more than 24 hours old, you may not have to pay for damages.


In the civilized world, we don't have those.

/Mostly kidding
//PA turnpike is one of the worst highways I've ever had the pleasure of driving
 
2014-02-06 02:50:33 PM

MadCat221: Watch out for the three-corner joint potholes.  Three corners eroded away, fourth is still pointy.  I had the misfortune of hitting one and it caused a bulge in the tire's sidewall.


That's the worst place to get a bulge.
 
2014-02-06 03:06:53 PM
They mostly come out at night, mostly.
 
2014-02-06 03:38:45 PM
I've lost two hubcaps to potholes so far this winter, so I'm getting a real kick out of this.
 
2014-02-06 04:04:25 PM

MythDragon: In VA, they just dump a bag of asphalt patch into the hole and don't even bother stamping it down (that's what care tires are for). So then you wind up with shiat that looks like this

And they wonder why it doesn't last.

If a DOT worker is exceptionally lazy, he'll just toss the entire bag into the hole and call it a aday.


THIS!!!


Also, FTFA, "To many drivers, this season's bloom of potholes seems to have produced more crater-sized menaces in the roadbeds than usual."


I'm glad they had the part about more than usual..."usual" means that some areas are like driving in a third world country.
 
2014-02-06 04:56:36 PM

mayIFark: 1) Notify your authority of the pothole. Keep a record.
2) If you/or anyone else gets their vehicle damaged on that said pothole, you can get money to fix your flat.

/Not sure all states follow this rule or not


None do.   What is this, Germany?
 
2014-02-06 07:16:18 PM

MadCat221: Watch out for the three-corner joint potholes.  Three corners eroded away, fourth is still pointy.  I had the misfortune of hitting one and it caused a bulge in the tire's sidewall.


Designer potholes?  Because that sounds some what fancy.

MythDragon: In VA, they just dump a bag of asphalt patch into the hole and don't even bother stamping it down (that's what care tires are for). So then you wind up with shiat that looks like this
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 648x432]
And they wonder why it doesn't last.

If a DOT worker is exceptionally lazy, he'll just toss the entire bag into the hole and call it a aday.


That's what we call smooth.  Seriously, our roads start looking like that after a couple years and the weather warmed up enough for the crews to get out throw the tar in the holes.  Right now, the snow and ice has the potholes still filled in, so we'll be dodging them after it gets above 35º again.

Fil hit a pothole on the expressway one year that was a very expensive fix.  3/4 ton 4wd Ford, it damaged a rim, bent both driveshafts, both front and rear axels, SHATTERED the transfer case and messed up the gears in the transmission, all right side.  Later, while I was driving it, we learned it damage the right front studs which caused the wheel to fall off.
 
2014-02-06 11:04:42 PM

MemeSlave: mayIFark: 1) Notify your authority of the pothole. Keep a record.
2) If you/or anyone else gets their vehicle damaged on that said pothole, you can get money to fix your flat.

/Not sure all states follow this rule or not

None do.   What is this, Germany?


http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9615_30883-93194--,00.html
 
2014-02-06 11:18:47 PM

sulco: Uhm duh....

[fatlip.leoweekly.com image 412x286]


Yeah, a few years ago I worked a job whose company vehicle was a Plymouth Sundance. Once lost the entire car in a pothole on the FDR Drive. It may still be there, and may or not be entombed in filler asphalt.
 
2014-02-07 04:01:01 AM
Now you know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
 
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