Cycle of freezing and thawing has wreaked havoc on Michigan roads

26 February 2019

Dearborn, Mich. (February 26, 2019) — As Michigan’s rollercoaster winter weather continues, the brutal cycle of heavy snow, near record freezing temperatures and upcoming warming trends is a perfect recipe for more potholes to pop up on Michigan roads.

Potholes form when moisture collects in small holes and cracks in the road surface. As temperatures rise and fall, the moisture expands and contracts due to freezing and thawing. This breaks up the pavement and, combined with the weight of passing vehicles, eventually results in a pothole.

To aid motorists in protecting their vehicles from pothole damage, AAA Michigan recommends the following:

  • Be aware on the roadways; what may look like a slight puddle of water may very well be a deep pothole.
  • Have your tires checked to make sure they are properly inflated. Maintaining the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure is the best shield between your vehicle and a pothole.
  • Make a point of checking the road ahead for potholes. An alert driver may have time to avoid potholes, so it’s important to stay focused on the road and not any distractions inside or outside the vehicle. Before swerving to avoid a pothole, check surrounding traffic to ensure this won’t cause a collision or endanger nearby pedestrians or cyclists.
  • Slow down - If a pothole cannot be avoided, reduce speed safely being sure to check the rearview mirror before any abrupt braking. Hitting a pothole at higher speeds greatly increases the chance of damage to tires, wheels and suspension components
  • Damage caused by a vehicle-to-pothole accident may vary. Repairs could be as simple as replacing a tire, to more costly and extensive damage to rims, suspension and even the undercarriage of the vehicle.

Additional reminders:

  • Always travel with a cell phone and car charger.
  • Road service requests can be submitted online at www.aaa.com or through the AAA mobile app device.

The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.8 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 59 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.