Shock absorbers getting an early workout with pothole season already upon us

Slow down, look far enough down the road to locate potholes ahead of time

Have an eye in your travels.

More potholes have broken open than usual for this time of year due to the constant freeze-thaw cycle we’ve experienced this winter.

Peter Leon, with Barrie Police, says driving can be tricky with people swerving to avoid potholes…and potential damage to their vehicles, “Swerving at the last minute is kind of dangerous, especially when you’re sharing the road with other vehicles. Let’s just slow down, let’s keep our eyes open…look far enough down the road that we can try to locate and observe those distractions in the road.”

If other cars are swerving ahead of you, says Leon, that’s a pretty good indication you’re coming up on something.

Leon also recommends you take note of the potholes you come across, not just for future reference but to report to the city so a crew can be sent to fill it in. Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman says the best way to do that is using the Pingstreet app on your smartphone, “Pingstreet allows you to take a picture of a problem and send it to the city. It’s geocoded, which tells us exactly where the problem is. It also goes into our automatic work order system which means it gets dealt with right away.”

Pothole repairs at this time of year are a temporary measure made with ‘cold mix’ since many of the plants that produce ‘hot mix’ are closed for the winter.