The Michigan Department of Transportation says record snow and cold may be departing, but they are leaving behind one of Michigan’s worst pothole seasons ever.MDOT is suggesting some ways that motorists can avoid hitting potholes and minimize the damage if they do. They say avoid hitting potholes is best, but driving with extra caution and not tailgating will help drivers see and react to them. MDOT also says that a properly maintained vehicle can help avoid potholes and minimize damage when one is struck. It’s best to slow down then release the brakes before hitting a pothole. It helps to reduce the speed at impact as well as give the vehicle’s suspension the full range of travel to absorb the impact.

Additional tips for potholes can be found on MDOT’s website here.