CAA-Quebec launches 8th edition of Pothole Watch!



    QUEBEC, Feb. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - CAA-Quebec is bringing back its popular
online Pothole Watch tool again this spring. For the past eight years, the
organization has been able to rely on drivers' reports to notify the relevant
authorities of the location of these road hazards that appear at the end of
winter, allowing them to be repaired in a timely manner.
    In 2007, nearly 2,000 potholes were reported throughout the province, and
as the 2008 season gets underway, CAA-Quebec is forecasting that things will
be at least as busy as last year.
    How it works - To report a pothole you have seen, simply click the
Pothole Watch icon on the home page of www.caaquebec.com and enter the exact
location of the hole (street, nearest intersection and other reference points)
so that CAA-Quebec can provide accurate, precise information to the 250
municipalities collaborating with the project.
    "After nearly eight years of cooperation, the system is now very well
developed, and the time between reporting of a pothole to the municipal
authorities and issuing of the repair order is usually 48 hours. This short
lead time proves how efficient Pothole Watch is," says Sophie Gagnon,
CAA-Quebec's Senior Director, Public and Government Relations.
    The weather hasn't helped - This winter, conditions have been extremely
conducive to pothole formation, given the many temperature fluctuations and
abundant snowfalls. The frequent precipitation has often left road surfaces
covered for several days at a time and kept workers from carrying out repairs.
    Be careful on the road - The best advice for avoiding potholes is to scan
the roadway far in front of you and from side to side. If you notice one of
these dangerous craters at the very last second, however, the best thing to do
is to maintain your speed: braking as you run into the hole will result in
more damage.
    "We can never emphasize enough the fact that properly inflated tires will
lower the risk of damage if you hit a pothole. Remember to check your tire
pressure every month, as recommended," Ms. Gagnon concludes.
    Remedies exist for motorists who notice damage to their vehicle after
running into a pothole. CAA-Quebec suggests that they consult the Tips &
Tricks page in the Automotive section of www.caaquebec.com. If you are a
CAA-Quebec member, you can also call its Automotive Advisory Services at 1 888
471-2424.

    CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services, benefits and
privileges to its 925,000 members.




For further information:

For further information: Montreal: Claudia Martin, (514) 861-7111, ext.
3210, clmartin@caaquebec.com; Quebec: Philippe St-Pierre, (418) 624-2424, ext.
2418, pstpierre@caaquebec.com

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