Preventing pothole damage to your vehicle and wallet

By Brandi Bailey

February 11, 2014 Updated Feb 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) New York Drivers spend $600 a year in additional vehicle repairs due to poor road conditions, according to the Road Information Program.

Amidst a harsh winter, some area roads are covered in potholes and could be mistaken for an obstacle course.

"I hit the pothole and had to ride along it and blew a tire, wrecked my rim," said Renee Huber, of Binghamton.

Huber recently hit a pothole near Mygatt Street. She had to have her tire and rim replaced, costing her $500 in repairs.

"In this area you really have to be ready for any pothole at any time while you are watching for traffic too," Huber said.

State Farm Insurance recommends that people break before hitting a pothole. There's less damage when a tire is rolling rather than skidding over the hole.

The damage is often partially covered through your auto insurance.

"It's part of the collision portion of your car insurance and walk them through the process. Sometimes it's minor damage, sometimes it's more than that," State Farm Insurance Agent Mark Anderson said.

Based on the amount of damage done, Anderson said it may not be worth submitting the claim.

"Any claim can have an impact on the price of your insurance so if it's a smaller claim it may be best to take care of that yourself," Anderson said.

State Farm Insurance also recommends to keep your speed down and to travel on well-lit roadways.