If Michigan Doesn't Have The Worst Potholes In The Country, Then Who Does?

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It might be hard to believe, but as bad as Michigan potholes are, the Mitten State doesn't have it bad as other states according to new data from AAA.

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I can't count how many times I've been cruising down 131 or I-96 and not paying attention for a second and my car slammed into a pothole that felt like it could swallow up my entire car.

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How Do Potholes Form?

Potholes form when water seeps into the road and collects underneath. When it freezes it expands and pushes up the road's surface. As more cars drive over, more cracks form. Eventually when the sun returns and thaws everything out, including the water trapped below the road's surface, it causes an empty pocket to be formed. That eventually collapses under the weight of traffic, and then leaves behind a pothole.

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How To Fix A Pothole

According to quotewizard pothole damage costs U.S. drivers $3 billion a year.

A lot of the damage comes from punctured tires, bent or cracked wheels, or the need for a new alignment from hitting even a small pothole.

Potholes beware! Construction crews are set to fix our roads!
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What States Have The Worst Potholes?

Number 10 - New York

Number 9 - Pennsylvania

Number 8 - Tennessee

Number 7 - Illinois

Number 6 - Massachusetts

Number 5 - Ohio

Number 4 - Nebraska

Number 3 - Michigan

Number 2 - Indiana

Number 1 - Washington

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I've never driven in Washington, but I did live in Indiana for five years and their roads were just as bad as Michigan's if not worse, so I can see why they landed ahead of us.

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