Mechanics see more business as potholes on I-95 damage cars

Posted at 7:27 PM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 09:35:45-04

For many drivers, potholes on Interstate 95 are becoming hard to avoid. Between Boynton Beach and Lake Worth, cars heading northbound will run into a lot of damage on the road.   

"I drive from here all the way to Boca on a daily basis, and I can't even count how many I see on the road," said Charrod Solomon, who commutes from Lantana, "There's a lot."

Mechanics say there are so many bad spots on the interstate that they're seeing an increase in business. Palm Beach Pro Tires Service Manager Darrell Friedman says a lot of vehicles come in straight off I-95.

"Two to three times a week we see vehicles that have sustained some sort of damage due to impact, road quality, potholes," Friedman said.

The mechanic says sometimes, the damage is so bad that drivers can't even make it off of the highway.

"Our road service truck is out, on average, three times a week, on I-95, on the side of the road with flashing lights," Friedman said.

According to a spokeswoman for FDOT, maintenance crews are fixing some spots as needed, and a resurfacing project is planned for late next year, which will fix some more of the problem areas.

Friedman says as long as the craters are around, drivers should make sure their back tires are in good condition, in case they suddenly have to swerve. However, he recommends any swerving at all if a driver is going to hit the pothole regardless.

"If there's an option to hit it with both front tires verses swerving and hitting it with just one front tire...sometimes the two front tires and suspension will handle that impact stronger than one," Friendman said.