NY1 VIDEO: For anyone who thinks they have it bad with all the potholes on the road, imaging how many tire changes a yellow cab might have to make this season. Polly Kreisman filed the following report.
Whether you skirt them or hit them, potholes are everywhere. Some are so deep, they're down to the cobblestones. That's why tire shops across the city are seeing long lines of cab drivers.
Since the first big snowfall, workers at the Downtown Tire Shop on the far west side of Manhattan have been doing this over and over.
One worker said he fixes 70 to 100 tires per day.
This shop and others across the city get the flats, the tears and the blow outs.
“So many potholes in the city right now, all over, even the highways,” said one taxi driver.
Some taxis are lined up all day on 10th Avenue. For most of them, it's not the first time this season.
“This week i did it, like three times,” said the driver.
“Sometimes they can fix it, sometimes they cannot so you have to change the tire and get a new tire or a used tire,” said another driver.
The city Department of Transportation says it's fixed more than 84,000 potholes so far this winter. Since cabbies work day and night, they get the brunt of it.
“All yellow cabs been changing tires fixing holes getting new tires, that's a part of the job,” said the second driver.
So while crews try to patch the streets, cabbies are forced to drive up to the tire shop. Or get pushed.