Potholes can make your drive to work significantly worse - that is, several hundred dollars worse if you hit one.
These gravelly, asphalt mini graves are the scourge of any commute, spilling coffee, jarring your teeth and, in the case of your local editor, busting your axle.
It may be a mild winter so far, but the roads around northeast Queens still need fixing.
"There are a lot of areas around town that are problematic," Community Board 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld said. "Usually, they are caused by weather - the freezing and melting cause them to open up."
Seinfeld listed the area along Northern Boulevard near Alley Pond Environmental Center and numerous sections along the Grand Central Parkway as some trouble spots.
"The DOT repaved Northern Boulevard last summer, but holes are already opening up," she said.
Patch is on a quest to uncover the roadways and intersections with the worst potholes. So, sound off in the comments section and sound the alarm. Your car – and that minivan full of kids on the way to school – will thank you.