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Pothole Patrol: Tri-State Area Is A Mess, But You Can Help Yourself

Mechanics: To Avoid Big Costs, Please Keep Monitoring Your Tire Pressure

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s pothole season and there are a lot of roads that make you cringe while driving.

On Tuesday, CBS 2’s Sonia Moghe surveyed some of the more troubling spots in the Tri-State Area.

On the Palisades Parkway in New Jersey you could hear how badly potholes rattled Moghe’s car.

Drivers said they worry about what it means for them.

“You see people dodging them in front of you. You’ve just got to follow the same suit,” driver Michael Dong said.

“When you’re driving at night and you don’t see them, you fall into them,” driver Iris Cordero added.

New York City also has its share of potholes. Moghe saw one on 43rd Street and 11th Avenue in Manhattan that weren’t just getting on drivers’ nerves, but on cyclists’ as well.

“The roads are horrible and the bike lanes are even worse,” bicyclist Amy Miller said.

Even people on foot were being extra careful.

“Big holes in the crosswalk, it’s easy to fall, easy to trip,” one pedestrian said.

New York City’s Department of Transportation said in order for its crews to be able to work on a pothole it has to be at least a foot wide and three inches deep. There are many of these hazards around the city that don’t pass the test.

To some, no hole should be too small to fix.

“If you worked on it earlier it wouldn’t get that deep and it wouldn’t be a problem,” one driver said.

Others were more understanding about roads that have been pummeled by wretched winter weather.

“With all the salt that’s been used, I think they’re doing the best they can probably,” driver Carol Cunn said.

The road situation is, however, inflating the tire business.

“Most of the new cars have tire monitors,” mechanic Ruben Rodriguez said. “Do not ignore that.”

If you want to avoid visiting someone like Rodriguez, he recommends checking your tire pressure once a week.

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