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Winter weather leaves drivers dodging potholes, car damage

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

There are few places you can drive in Nashville without running into potholes.

"It's pretty bad since the winter, with the snow and the ice," said Steve Gilliland, a Nashville commuter.

Roads all across the state have taken a hit from the constant freezing and thawing the rough winter has brought.

"It's really bad on I-440," Gilliland said. "You've got to basically swerve around to try to miss them, and that's dangerous too," he continued.

Yerko Bonacic works at Express Lube and Auto Care, where he's seen an increase in cars coming to the shop, battered by the roads.

"A lot of them have had flat tires and have been damaged from the potholes," Bonacic said.

TDOT says they have crews out every day repairing potholes. They fix about 250 potholes a week, according to a TDOT representative. This winter has been especially damaging.

General Motors has issued tips to help drivers avoid pothole damage:

  • Stay a safe distance behind other cars.
  • Avoid standing water.
  • Maintain the recommended tire inflation.
  • If you do hit a severe pothole, check for any damage immediately.

If you hit a pothole and suffer damage to their vehicle, you can file a damage claim through the Division of Claims Administration. If you see a pothole on Nashville interstates and state highways, you can report it to the Tennessee Department of Transportation by calling 615-350-4300. Click here to report potholes at SeeClickFix.com.

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