Increase in potholes leading to early insurance claims

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Wichita, Kan. -- It's that time of year when extreme weather and temperatures create pot holes, just waiting to damage your car.

Some insurance agents tell us this year, they're taking claims for pothole damage earlier than ever.

"I think we are seeing those types of claims come in earlier. Around here, we have those extreme temperatures. That freezing and thawing is what causes that problem," Statefarm Agent David Curry said.

We spoke with the people in charge of patching up potholes, they say they haven't really seen more potholes than usual but say winter is definitely their busiest season.

"That's one of the prime time sure, any time you go from freezing temperature to warmer temperatures and you mix in precipitation. That's kind of your key factor for creating a pot hole," City of Wichita Maintenance Engineer Aaron Henning said.

With weeks of winter still ahead, everyone we spoke with said be on the lookout for potholes, drive slow and when you spot them give the city a call so they can fix them up right away.

State farm suggests if you see a pothole and you can't avoid it, hit your brakes before the pothole and roll into it slowly. There's less damage when a tire is rolling versus skidding over the hole at full speed.

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