There are five things you can do to protect yourself and your vehicle from potholes: Try to take roads you know well. Your familiarity will help you avoid potholes. When driving at night, travel on well-lit roads so you can see the surface. Slow down. Give yourself a chance to see the pothole and avoid it before you’re in it. If you hit a pothole, carefully inspect your tires and wheels for possible damage. Note how your car handles afterwards. If it “pulls” one way or the other or the steering feels wobbly, you may want to have your car checked by a professional. If you can’t avoid a pothole, do your braking before impact. There’s less damage when a tire is rolling than skidding over a hole during braking.



Potholes are bowl-shaped holes of various sizes which are associated with pavement fatigue and poor drainage.


Highway departments can minimize potholes by keeping water out of the base material. Water weakens pavement support and contributes to frost heave and cracking.


The use of quality, even premium, materials is the utmost variable in effective pothole patching.

Chip Seals

  • Chip seals have been used for decades to preserve riding surfaces.
  • A chip seal is a surface treatment in which the pavement is sprayed with asphalt and then immediately covered with aggregate and rolled.
  • Chip seals are used primarily to seal a pavement with non-load-associated cracks, and to improve surface friction.

Cape Seal

  • A cape seal is a combination of a chip seal and a slurry surfacing or seal.
  • For paved roads, the chip seal is applied first and, between four and 10 days later, the slurry seal is applied.
  • For unsurfaced roads, an application of MC-70 or SC-70 cutback asphalt is applied first as a prime coat, followed about two days later by a chip seal and about two weeks later by a slurry seal.

Slurry Seal

  • A slurry surfacing is not the same as a chip seal. Instead, it is a mixture of aggregates dispersed in an asphalt emulsion and applied in a slurry state.
  • It is a mix of polymer-modified emulsion and fine aggregate that is spread in one pass over the street at a particular thickness.
  • The slurry cures as the water evaporates, leaving only the asphalt to coat the aggregate.


Blog Post 1

Report SC State Road Potholes Here

posted by The Pothole Crusader    8th March 2015    Local SCDOT County Office

If the road is a SC primary state maintained road, the road will have an S in front of the number, example (S-177). The Secondary numbering system carries the numerical number of the county followed by a unique number for that particular road. An example is (S-40-100). This defines a secondary road in Richland County (40) with a road number of 100. If you know the road with the pothole is a state maintained road fill in the state maintenance work request.

SCDOT Maintenance Work Request SCDOT Maintenance SCDOT Street Finder SC Highway Patrol (Troop Contact Information) SC Legislature (Contact Good Ole Boys Here.)
Blog Post 2

Report All SC County Road Potholes Here

posted by The Pothole Crusader    08th March 2015    SCDOT Street Finder

County roads that are not state maintained roads are maintained by individual counties. There are 46 counties in the state of SC. No need to worry the Pothole Crusader has developed a web page with each of the 46 individual SC counties road maintenance links. There are a few counties that don't have links to their maintenance department or public works deptartments, only phone numbers. Almost every SC county had a convenient easy to find link to pay taxes but no easy to find links on pothole repair.

Report SC County Potholes HERE (Links To All 46 SC Counties)  SC 511  Report A Litterbug (877-7LITTER)  "Official" Pothole Registry  "Official" Adopt A Pothole Certificate


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