If you have been driving for any length of time then you have definitely encountered a pothole. Most drivers tend to just avoid them and then put them out of their minds. However, doing this never takes care of the problem. If you see a pothole in your neighborhood or on the road then report it ASAP! But how do you report potholes? Here’s what you need to know.
The Dangers of Potholes
Potholes can destroy vehicles if they are driven over. Hitting one at the wrong speed or angle can pop your tire leading to an expensive repair. In more extreme cases, potholes can lead to accidents. These accidents can either occur when you hit the pothole straight on or try to swerve out of the way to avoid it. Simply put, potholes are no joke so make sure that you are reporting them as you see them.
How do I report potholes in my area?
Depending on where you live you are going to report potholes through different channels. For example, in Indiana, you are going to have to go through some steps that are specific to the area. If you see a pothole on the highway then you have a couple of options. For one, you could call the mayor’s action center and let them know where you saw it. You could also go to indot4u and let them know there.
If you have a pothole on your property then you are going to need to contact a local company to come out and take care of it. Getting in touch with a trusted service provider is your first step to addressing any underlying issues your pavement may have.
How can we solve the problem of potholes?
In order to solve the increasing problem of potholes we need to start nipping them in the bud. Potholes start off as very small issues before they turn into something big. As cracks form in the pavement water will start to seep in which leads to a large amount of deterioration. Sealing cracks as soon as they appear will ensure that potholes are few and far between.
If a pothole has already appeared and taken over an area in the road then patching it is the immediate step. Patching is usually not a permanent solution; however, it will keep unsuspecting drivers safe for the time being. Once they have been patched proper steps need to be taken either to fill in the problem areas or repave the road entirely.
Once a pothole has been filled in it is going to take a bit before it can be driven over. If ever you encounter this it is important to be patient and follow the barriers that are set in place. Doing so will save the road and your vehicle.
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