That former is preferred; of course, especially if we can see them when there’s still time to safely swerve around them.
That wasn’t the case for several people who got in touch with me when I wrote a few days ago about the early appearance of potholes like the one shown here that I found today on Palmer Avenue in Larchmont.
John Boutross of Danbury, Conn., struck one on Route 6 in Carmel at night when it was filled with water. The jolt was a big one.
“My water bottle popped out of the holder,” he said.
More than that, the rim of his low-profile BMW wheel bent and needs to be straightened for about $100.
Warren Rosenberg of Wesley Hills, NY, wrote about a stretch of Route 202
“Route 202 has been in bad shape since the summer, but now…LOOK out,” he wrote. “Before entering route 202 you need to pray to St. Jude and take a swig of Pepto.”
A guy named Peter wrote in about an enormous pothole he ran across on Weaver Street in New Rochelle – a gaping maw that he joked was large enough to swallow a vehicle.
“If you find my car, let me know,” he wrote.
The divots and craters that pock the roads usually don’t come until March or April as one of the less-welcome signs of spring. They popped up in recent days because of the freeze-thaw cycle that struck us with the frigid weather – that touch of the polar vortex – along with wet weather to form ice that breaks up the pavement.
And it’s not the kind of thing you can get out of the way. With a couple more months of winter ahead of us, we’ll be on the lookout for potholes for a while.