It's Pothole Season

Plymouth Rock wants to keep you and your car safe during pothole season.

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Beware! It’s scary out there. Plymouth Rock wants to save you from costly damage to your wheels and tires. That’s why we have joined forces with New Jersey’s 101.5 FM radio to help you avoid some of New Jersey’s most infamous potholes. Go to nj1015.com/pothole to find out where dangerous potholes are located.

Check out these tips to keep your car from becoming the next pothole casualty.

Stay Properly Inflated

Make sure your tires are inflated to the specs indicated in your owner’s manual or on your door jamb. This cushion is your car’s first line of defense when potholes attack!

Check Your Suspension

If your car is shimmying and shaking, it may be time to get things checked out. Make sure you mention any changes in handling to a certified technician.

Stay Focused

Keep the tunes at a reasonable decibel, your mobile phone off and your friends quiet so you can stay focused on the road. That way you can keep your attention on driving and be on the lookout for any pothole hazards.

Slow Down

Slowing down is one of the best ways to make sure you don’t end up with a flat tire. Avoid slamming on the brakes when you spot a pothole. That can increase downforce and the likelihood of damage from a pothole.

Drive Smart

Avoiding the pothole altogether is your car’s best bet, but only if you can do it safely. Be constantly aware of your surroundings (check for oncoming traffic, pedestrians, cyclists, and other dangers) so you know where things are should you need to avoid a pothole.

Beware the Deep

Potholes filled with water are sneaky buggers. They often are deeper than they appear. Don’t underestimate even a small pothole or puddle because it could cost you.

Tell the Public

That’s right. We want you to be a pothole snitch. Report potholes on major state roads in New Jersey online.

In New Jersey, you may be eligible to file a pothole claim with the Division of Risk Management if your car has sustained damage on a state road (this may help you recoup your insurance deductible). Make sure you include repair estimates, receipts, copies of your police report, and photos of the damage if possible. You must also include your car insurance declaration page and the location of the accident. It’s important to note that counties and towns have different policies for pothole damage on their roads. To keep up to date and report potholes across New Jersey, you can try this interactive pothole tracker.

At Plymouth Rock, we are driven to help our customers stay safe and save money on their car insurance. And if you do experience damage to your car from a pothole, our CarWatch program tracks the process throughout the repair cycle of the vehicle. We will alert you about any problems with your repairs.

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