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AAA Mid-Atlantic: Record-breaking Pothole Season

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WILMINGTON, Del.- Monday's winter storm that brought with it a fresh round of snow will leave behind more potholes on the region's roadways, making for an already record-breaking pothole season, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

The automobile club said it saw record-breaking tire-related requests for assistance in January and February, topping out at 67,621 territory-wide, making this January and February the first and third busiest ever (in terms of tire-related requests), with the second busiest month coming in December 2010.

AAA said snow, rain, cold, and wild temperature swings add up to potholes shaking up motorists on back roads and highways alike.  

"This wild winter weather has created pothole landmines on area roadways, shaking up motorists and creating serious safety hazards," said Jim Lardear, director of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.  "Our roadside assistance crews in Delaware responded to 1,119 tire-related requests for assistance in February.  AAA urges motorists to slow down and increases following distance to see potholes early enough to avoid them."

AAA said everyday safe driving habits and simple maintenance of your tires will help you avoid or reduce the damage to your vehicle if you're unable to avoid a pothole or have a jarring encounter with one.  Maintain proper air pressure in all tires to provide the proper cushion between the pothole and the rim of the tire. Don't over-inflate your tires as this makes the tire too stiff and can make suspension damage from a pothole impact more likely.

 "With March roaring in like a lion this week, drivers should continue to continue to take precautions in dealing with winter weather driving, vehicle maintenance and keep an emergency kit in the truck," noted Robinson.  "Careful preparation is the key to weathering the winter that just won't end."

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