The typical American motorist will spend $300 this year repairing vehicle damage caused by potholes, according to a new report by the AAA, and as the American highway infrastructure continues to worsen, the problem could continue to get worse.
The problem will become even more apparent in the weeks ahead, as roadways begin to crumble as snow and ice begin to thaw. But despite the passage late last year of a new national transportation bill, the AAA study warns that another $170 billion in annual funding would be needed to catch up on the repairs needed for America’s roads and bridges.
“In the last five years, 16 million drivers across the country have suffered pothole damage to their vehicles,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “The problems range from tire punctures and bent wheels, to more expensive suspension damage.”