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SOURCE Car Care Council
BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Don't look now, but you're probably about to hit another pothole. This year's brutal winter weather has resulted in an unprecedented number of potholes appearing on roads and highways across the country, causing considerable damage and unexpected, costly repairs for car owners.
"No matter where you drive these days, there's a pothole epidemic and as winter turns to spring, it's only going to get worse," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Drivers know immediately when they hit a pothole, but what they don't know is if their vehicle has been damaged in the process. While tires and wheels can be visually checked, potholes can also cause considerable damage to the steering, suspension and alignment systems that you just can't see."
Motorists will spend nearly $5 billion on car repairs from damage caused by potholes, according to a recent report by WJLA-TV in Washington D.C. The U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) estimate that poor road conditions cost the average motorist around $335 a year.
If you hit a pothole while driving, the Car Care Council recommends that you watch for the following warning signs and have your vehicle inspected by a professional technician without delay.
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council's Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.
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