Marilyn Buskohl
Public Affairs Director
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The Potholes are Back – Caution: Rocky Roads Ahead

Mar. 18, 2019 – Spring-like weather has returned to South Dakota but along with it has come a major threat to your car and your mental well-being – potholes.

“It’s impossible to avoid all potholes, and suddenly swerving around them can lead to a crash,” said AAA South Dakota spokesperson, Marilyn Buskohl. “But there are definitely some things you can do to more safely navigate South Dakota’s rocky roads.”

  • Inspect Tires – The tire is the most important cushion between a car and a pothole. Make sure they have enough tread and are properly inflated. When checking tire pressures, inflate them to the manufacturer’s recommended levels, which can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker on the driver’s door jamb or in the glove compartment. Don’t go by the numbers found molded into the sidewall of the tire. Those are maximum tire pressure levels.
  • Check your Suspension – Make certain struts and shock absorbers are in good condition. Changes in vehicle handling, excessive vibration or uneven tire wear can indicate bad shocks or struts. Have the suspension inspected by a certified auto technician if you are unsure. For a list of AAA’s Approved Auto Repair shops in South Dakota, visit
  • Keep a Forward Look-out – Make a point of checking the road ahead for potholes. You may have time to avoid a pothole, so it’s important to stay focused on the road and not on any distractions inside or outside the vehicle. Before swerving to avoid a pothole, check surrounding traffic to make sure your actions won’t cause a collision or endanger nearby pedestrians or cyclists.
  • Slow Down – If a pothole cannot be avoided, reduce speed safely being sure to check the rearview mirror before any abrupt braking. Hitting a pothole at higher speeds greatly increases the chance of damage to tires, wheels and suspension components.
  • Beware of Puddles – A puddle of water can disguise a deep pothole. Use care when driving through puddles and treat them as though they may be hiding potholes.
  • Check your Alignment – Hitting a pothole can knock a car’s wheels out of alignment and affect the steering. If a vehicle pulls to the left or right, have the wheel alignment checked.
  • Be Sensitive to Noises and Vibrations – A hard pothole impact can dislocate wheel weights, damage a tire or wheel, and bend or even break suspension components. Any new or unusual noises or vibrations that develop after hitting a pothole should be inspected immediately by a certified auto technician.


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TEDx Wilmington Salon

Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.

This event had:

  • 12 live talks given by 13 speakers
  • 368 people in attendance at the live event
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  • Online viewers came from all 50 states and approximately 30 countries around the world

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