Manitoba Public Insurance is handling nearly 300 new pothole claims already this spring, and MPI officials are urging motorists to adjust their driving behaviour.
To protect your car and other motorists, follow these tips:
• Scan 10 to 12 seconds down the road in front of you, looking for potholes. If you are approaching one, don’t swerve suddenly, as you may hit another vehicle.
• Slow down as much as possible before the pothole.
• Most potholes develop in the curb lane where water accumulates. This can hide potholes, so be sure to approach all puddles with the same caution as you would a pothole.
On average, about 1,000 pothole claims are opened annually with MPI.
If your vehicle is damaged as a result of a hitting a pothole, motorists can open a claim by calling MPI’s Contact Centre at 204-985-7000 or 1-800-665-2410.