Ice, snow, water and potholes – motorists encouraged to drive to road conditions

Driving can be challenging during the best of road conditions. But when snow, ice, water or potholes enter the driving mix, motorists are encouraged to adjust their driving behaviour and drive to road conditions.

To date, nearly 300 pothole claims have been opened with Manitoba’s public auto insurer this year. On average, about 1,000 pothole claims are opened annually with Manitoba Public Insurance. If your vehicle is damaged as a result of a hitting a pothole, motorists can open a claim by calling Manitoba Public Insurance’s Contact Centre: 204-985-7000/1-800-665-2410.

To protect your car and other road users, 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.
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