National Pothole Day - January 15
Mon, Jan 15, 2024

National Pothole Day

National Pothole Day is an American holiday celebrated on January 15th. It is dedicated to all motorists suffering from bad roads. Potholes not only bring discomfort when driving, but also negatively affect the chassis of the car.


The purpose of National Pothole Day is to draw public attention to the problem of the increase in the number of potholes on the roads every year. In the center of large cities, it can be difficult to meet poor coverage, but in other places the roads turn into a real test for drivers and motorists.

Pavement damage is due to wear and tear, as well as constant exposure to sun and rain. Frosts also adversely affect the strength of asphalt. At the first stages, the potholes are quite small, but without repair, a dangerous “hole” appears on the road after a few months. If it is too deep, then you can damage the bottom of the car, pierce the wheel. When you have to drive on bad roads every day, the suspension experiences significant overloads, which leads to breakdowns of its elements.

The name “potholes” probably came from England in the 14th century. Then there were often ruts on the roads, which remained from the movement of carriages and chariots. Pottery makers often dug deep into the rutted areas in the hope of finding clay to make pottery. The reason for the appearance of such holes was known, and horse drivers called them “potholes”.

Interesting facts

  • In order to avoid unpleasant situations in the spring, it is necessary to go around puddles if possible, since you cannot know its approximate depth.
  • The worst roads are in Moldova, some poor African countries, Haiti and Yemen.
  • You can’t slow down too much in front of the pit so as not to bump into it, but you also shouldn’t drive it too fast, as the impact on the car will be even higher.

How to celebrate

On National Pothole Day, try contacting the relevant road repair services. Get together with other drivers and start a petition. Only by working together will we be able to solve the problem!

Do not use the car on this day. Walk or use public transport. Reduce the load on the roads, and also let the car rest from constant stress on bad roads.

When is National Pothole Day celebrated in 2024?

National Pothole Day is observed on January 15 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday January 15 2024
Wednesday January 15 2025
Thursday January 15 2026
Friday January 15 2027