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Koch Peter 2 Posted by Peter Koch

It's often said that revenge is a dish best served cold.  As the steady advance of spring brings us more warm days, Jack Frost has his revenge in the cold nights, bringing out the best in our northeastern roads.  Pot holes seemingly big enough to swallow your car, and the truck in front of you,  too, lurk just around the turn. 

This time of year road conditions contribute to many collisions and cause millions of dollars in vehicle damage.  Dropping a wheel into a pot hole at speed can damage to the rim, cause rapid or explosive tire deflation, and a loss of control of the vehicle.  Not only can direct contact cause damage but performing evasive maneuvers can send you unexpectedly into oncoming traffic.

Along with the pot holes, there are also the crews out pushing back banks and trying to fill the holes which can also present a hazard to navigation.  Many times these crews are in a moving work zone and the normal signage you are used to in a stationary work zone will not be present.

So this time of year, as spring challenges our springs, follow these tips:

  • Slow down to avoid the hazards;
  • Be aware of work crews and give them plenty of room;
  • Leave early, give yourself more time to get where you're going;
  • Check your tire condition and inflation daily; and,
  • Don't let Jack Frost get the best of you this Spring

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