CINCINNATI (WKRC) - If you've driven in the Tri-State recently, then you know it's pothole season.
Local mechanics say the craters are causing a lot of damage.
“Alignments knocked out, bent wheels, cracked wheels, new wheels,” said Lane Adams with Tire Discounters on Five Mile Road. “I’ve probably in the last two weeks replaced 10 wheels, probably 20 tires from pothole damage."
Cathy Dasenbrock is one of Adams’ customers. The Anderson Township resident hit a pothole on Columbia Parkway.
“I have seen a lot this year,” said Dasenbrock. “I don't know if they're on the rise, but it does seem like since the recent cold weather we've had, we've had a lot of potholes."
Adams attributes the increase in potholes to the changes in the weather. He also says the recent rain isn’t helping the situation.
“[The] constant difference in temperatures from freezing back to 50 degrees back to freezing, so all the little cracks are filling up with water; they're freezing, they're breaking up the blacktop, and then it warms up again and washes away and cars run over the top of it,” said Adams.
While we can't change the weather, Adams has a few tips to help you avoid the pothole problems.
“Leave a little assured distance between you and the car in front of you, you have a chance, if they swerve, you're not going to automatically go through what they missed,” said Adams. “That gives you a chance to avoid it also. When you're following too close, you just don't stand a chance."