As ice melts, expect to see more potholes on the road

Expect to see more potholes on the road

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- With the fluctuating  temperatures, expect to see more potholes.

Potholes are formed when water seeps into the pavement. When it gets colder, the water freezes and expands. As the weather warms up, the ice melts, leaving a bubble behind. Those bubbles pop and crumble when cars drive over them.

To avoid damaging your car, make sure your tires are inflated properly and have enough tread. Slow down; release the brakes and straighten the steering wheel if contact is inevitable.

Finally: stay alert!

VDOT needs your help finding potholes and identifying other problems on the road. Call 1-800-367-7623, or visit VDOT's website, www.virginiadot.org, and click on the "Report A Road Problem" page.


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