Here’s what the ‘pothole tax’ costs the average American driver every year

Business Insider | 1/12/2017 | Leanna Garfield
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Potholes and road cracks are more than annoyances. The wear and tear also cost American drivers hundreds of dollars in car maintenance every year.

The average American driver spends $523 in extra vehicle operation and maintenance annually, according to a new analysis by the national transportation research firm TRIP. In 2015, Washington Post writer Christopher Ingraham coined this hidden fee as the "pothole tax."

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Drivers may pay above or below the national average, depending on where they live. Drivers in Oklahoma City, for example, pay nearly double the national average at $1,025 per year. Compared to roads in good condition, bumpy and unpaved roads wear on your tires faster and lower your gas mileage, which factor into TRIP's calculations.

Nearly one-third of the nation’s major city roads are rated in sub-standard or poor condition, says the report. The worst roads in the US...
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