It’s the Most Dreaded Time of Year: Pothole Season

Posted by  //  March 30, 2015  //  Allstate, Articles

What New York Residents Can Do to Protect Their Vehicles from Pothole Damage

Pothole season is officially underway, which means New York drivers are navigating roads filled with hazards. But a few tips from Allstate may help drivers avoid flats, crashes, and enjoy a much smoother ride.

Here’s what you can do to avoid pothole damage to your car:

  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
  • Leave plenty of room in front of your vehicle so you have time to safely swerve to avoid potholes and crashes.
  • If you cannot avoid hitting a pothole, slow down instead of braking as you approach a pothole. Braking actually causes more damage in a pothole situation.
  • When driving over a pothole, hold the steering wheel firmly to maintain control of your vehicle.
  • Use caution and drive slowly when driving over a puddle or through the snow, which may be hiding deep potholes.

“As soon as the current frigid temperatures give way to warmer weather, our roads will become bnbpitted with potholes damaging our cars and even causing crashes,” said Jaclyn Darrohn, Allstate New York Spokesperson. “A properly inflated tire is your best defense against potholes. With a little caution and proper vehicle maintenance, drivers can keep their cars in good condition this pothole season.”

If you do experience pothole damage to your vehicle, contact your insurance agent to determine if you are covered under your current policy. Most damage or crashes caused by driving over potholes are covered under traditional collision insurance. Many cities also offer reimbursement for pothole-related damage, so drivers should check with their local governments to determine if their cities offer coverage. Drivers should also alert their local government to dangerous potholes, so they can be fixed.

To report a pothole in the state of New York, visit:

Allstate wants every driver to be safe on the road and offers a suite of roadside services plans to suit a variety of coverage needs. Whether it’s a pothole or another issue that leaves you stranded, Allstate can help drivers at their time of need. To learn more about roadside assistance options, visit

For More information and a new quote please call Shirley Eizember, Pinckney Insurance Agency, 41 Port Watson St, Cortland New York. 607-756-8505

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer known for its “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®” slogan. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via and 1-800 Allstate®.

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