Potholes are back - here's how you can avoid auto damage

If you've been out driving, you've probably noticed that potholes are back on the roads. A few simple steps can prevent you from spending big bucks on auto repairs.

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EMMY VICTOR: One of the many signs of spring? Potholes.

ANDREW GROSS: It's moisture and cold weather and traffic.

EMMY VICTOR: Potholes form on the roads after periods of rain and snow.

ANDREW GROSS: Water will seep into it, it will freeze and expand, and then it sort of cracks the pavement.

EMMY VICTOR: According to AAA, the average driver spends about $300 on pothole related auto repairs. In some cases, drivers spend over $1,000.

ANDREW GROSS: Our vehicles are becoming much more sophisticated. And sophisticated cars are therefore more expensive to repair. So you want to do the simple things, like checking your tire inflation. Because say you hit a really big pothole, that could end up damaging your alignment, that could end up damaging the rim.

EMMY VICTOR: A few simple steps can protect your car and save you some money. If you see a pothole, check your surroundings before trying to swerve around it. In some cases, the safest option for you and the drivers around you is to drive over it.

ANDREW GROSS: If you hit a pothole going fast, that will exponentially increase the damage to your car. So go slow and easy while you're driving.

EMMY VICTOR: And remember, some potholes aren't always visible to the naked eye.

ANDREW GROSS: If there's a weird puddle located there, chances are that's obscuring a pothole.

EMMY VICTOR: The same goes for the damage after you hit one.

ANDREW GROSS: Listen to your car. Your car will let you know if something is wrong.

EMMY VICTOR: Reporting for AccuWeather, I'm Emmy Victor.