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Pothole season underway in parts of northeast Wisconsin

Posted: 6:01 PM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-14 19:01:58-04

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — Temperatures are on the rise and so are potholes, which aren't being nice to your cars.

Packerland Tire and Auto says they've seen a spike in bent rims, damaged tires and alignment issues due to potholes.

WisDOT says with all the rain and snow we've had lately, the frost is coming out of the ground and forming them. They say maintenance crews are out everywhere trying to fill them with their cold mix, but wet conditions make it hard for it to stick, and a couple hours later, the fill comes out from traffic.

Meanwhile, auto expert Shawn Clarmont says the pothole-filled roads are causing a lot of damage for his customers.

"Regularly, we see a lot of cracked rims,” says Clarmont. “it can be very detrimental to the customer; the tires get damaged because of the small tires and large rims nowadays. It plays a huge impact on it."

Clarmont says pothole related damage is not fun to deal with and offers some tips on how to protect your car from them. He recommends going with a larger tire and a smaller rim and making sure to get your vehicle in for regular inspections and maintenance.

If you do hit a bad pothole, Clarmont says get your car in and get it checked as soon as possible.