Report: Illinois receives 'poor' rating for road conditions

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- AAA urges all Illinois drivers to keep an eye out for potholes on their daily commutes after new findings.

Illinois roadways received a 'D' rating, considered 'poor' in a recent report​. from the American Society of Engineers. ASCE states that Illinois motorists are paying a combined $4.8 billion a year or $566 per motorist in vehicle repairs due to poor road conditions.

More than 60 percent of Illinoisans believe the state's transportation funding is not adequate enough to maintain roads, AAA added in a study​.

In order to minimize vehicle damage from potholes, AAA recommends these following tips.

-Inspect your tires: Properly inflated tires can act as a cushion when hitting a pothole.
-Look ahead: Scan the road for potholes so you can react in time to avoid hitting them...
-Slow down: If a pothole cannot be avoided, reduce speed safely without abrupt braking.
-Beware of puddles: They often disguise deep potholes
-Recognize noises and vibrations: Any unusual noises after a pothole hit should be inspected right away