“You know the potholes on a road are bad when they assign lifeguards to them, in case anybody falls inside.” – coolfunnyquotes.com
D A N G E R O U S A N D L I F E T H R E A T E N I N G
This will be a two part series dealing with the issue of potholes. This first insertion alerts you to the fact that potholes are hazardous and costly. The second article will deal with the way small to medium sized malls handle pothole repairs on their own lots. Be careful out there this summer. – gc
This week’s challenge on partner Susan and my alternate site, WEEKLY PROMPTS, is POTHOLES.
This is the time of the year when the damage done by winter snow and ice to roads large and small make its annual appearance in the form of potholes.
They seem to spring up like mushrooms and depending on their size and location can result in costly repairs to your vehicle. These unexpected gouges (gorges at times) can also present a life threatening situation for you and the passengers in your vehicle. Some are minor hazards while others are deep, wide and life threatening.
Imagine yourself driving down a paved country road at 60 mph enjoying the scenery with friends or family when your car suddenly buckles and bolts like a wild stallion at a rodeo. It has somehow ran headfirst into an invisible hazard whose effects are quite real.
Time seems to stop as you look at the other passengers in your vehicle and wonder what the heck will happen next. Your car sways forward and backward slowly deciding what it will do next. There are breathless moments of terror as you anxiously wait for your vehicle and gravity to arrive at some sort of compromise resolution to this problem.
In my situation fate was kind and the car did not overturn . I became wary driving over the remaining stretch of roadway to my destination. I was visiting family and this particular pothole was located between two small towns both of which I assume hoped the department of highways would effect repairs.
There were no posted signs warning unsuspecting drivers that this stretch of road harbored such dangerous and for the most part unseen gouges in the pavement ahead.
This summer it might be prudent for you to keep your eyes on the road in front of you especially if you are not all that familiar with the “paved” and assumed safe roadway ahead..