Potholes present special challenge for new drivers

Crews were out patching potholes in Boardman

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown street department workers and crews from the Mahoning County Engineer’s Office were out patching potholes on Tuesday.

Two crews were on Western Reserve Road using a hot-cold mix from Canton. But since it will take some time to repair all the potholes, it will continue to be a bumpy ride for motorists.

All-Star Driving School offered some tips for driving during pothole season, especially for teenagers who are still learning the rules of the road. One is for motorists to allow more distance between their car and the one in front of them.

“So that you can see the potholes, you can see the cars trying to dodge potholes in front of you so that you are aware that things are coming up and then you take action without taking emergency action,” All-Star Driving School owner Greg Anderson said.

He said a lot of the potholes are on the right side of the road because that is where all the salt and water gets pushed off, so he advised staying in the left lane whenever possible.

“You are not guaranteed you are not going to hit potholes, but you are less likely to hit a bunch of them on the right side of your car,” Anderson said.

He said he has never seen the roads this bad.

“I have never seen potholes as bad as they are now and I have been doing this for 25 years,” Anderson said.

He said he won’t even take student drivers on Glenwood Avenue.

“It’s a bit of a challenge, really, avoiding the potholes and just kind of learning to drive with them. It is challenging,” student driver Kazzi Ervin said.

Ervin has his learner’s permit and has hit a few of those pesky potholes.

“It is a bit of a shock at first,” he said.

Anderson said sometimes the only option is to hit a pothole and there is a better way to do it as long a car is not tailgating.

“Keep your wheels straight and then as you hit the pothole, you release the brake so all the weight shifts to the back tires because if you hit the pothole with your foot on the brake, all of the weight of the car is on the front,” he said.

Anderson said motorists should not look at a pothole when they are trying to dodge it.

“You are probably going to run it over, so you want to look for a path around it and then make your eyes follow that path,” he said.

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