The extreme changes in Michiana’s weather have caused more than just changes in wardrobe, they have also created a headache for drivers and the street departments trying to keep up with the mix of snow, ice and rain.
As the temperatures rise and fall, streets have been exposed to freezing, thawing, and other precipitation that resulted in an increase in the number of pot holes popping up on the roads.
According to the South Bend Street Dept. busy and high traffic streets are most affected by the dramatic changes in weather.
"The weather basically, as far as the temperatures, that makes the biggest difference,” said John Pemberton Jr., manager of the Street Dept.
“Because the colder it is, the less that the salt is going to work, the warmer it is the more potholes you're going to have. Basically going back and forth from patching to plowing. And luckily we've had a fortunate winter where we haven't had a lot of snow, but even the little bit, half inch here one inch there plays a big part in our materials because we have to go make the streets safe for everybody,” Pemberton added.
The recent warm up gave crews time to g
et back on track, but the Street Dept. says it makes the job unpredictable.
Pemberton said the best thing to do if someone encounters a pot hole while driving is to slow down, especially if there is oncoming traffic or cars on either side constricting the ability to go around it.
Driving at a slower speed will help the tires absorb the bump, and decreasingly the likelihood of damaging the vehicle.