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All these potholes turn San Diego drivers into Grinches

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Cold weather and the recent rains caused potholes to open up along San Diego streets. Hitting a pothole can damage cars and can get expensive when it comes to repairs. So how can you protect your car from the jarring experience?

San Diego drivers' patience is running thin, especially when it comes to the mounting repair fees.

"It's messed up parts on my car, on my Grand Prix it's messed up the exhaust, hitting a new pothole closed up the exhaust. I had to go get that fixed," driver Tre Martin said.

Potholes are created when the asphalt deteriorates and moisture seeps in, making the dirt spongy and vulnerable.

The Auto Club of Southern California has some safety tips to protect your car from potholes. One of them is maintaining proper air pressure in all of your tires, because the more air you have in your tires, the more cushion you have between the rim of the tire to the pothole.

Drivers say trying to avoid the potholes isn't so easy.

"They're coming up pretty quick.You have to slow down but you never know how the person behind you is driving," a driver said.

Here's another tip: Don't just look for potholes ahead, but keep a safe distance between the car you're in and the car in front of you.

"I just try to not hit anyone, get out of the way and not try to drive through the pothole," a driver said.

While trying to avoid the pothole-ridden street sounds like a possible solution, driver Charles Pete says not really.

"You take another route and you run into another pothole, so drive slowly, carefully, don't text while you drive, look in front of you," he said.

It seems these drivers just added a new wish to their Christmas list: get the potholes fixed.

"They should be repaving the roads on a constant basis. The more you repave the roads, the more people go to work. It helps us out in the economy," a driver said.

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