Water is your asphalt’s worst enemy. If you notice any cracks or holes, these will be the first places where snow melt will trickle down into the sub base and begin the freeze thaw cycle. As water expands and contracts over and over again during the winter underneath your asphalt, your cracks will get longer and potholes begin to show up. The most important part of pothole and crack repair and maintenance is prevention. If you don’t have potholes now, you want to do all you can to avoid them in the first place. It’s far less expensive and time consuming to just keep your current pavement looking good and functioning well. Regularly scheduled sealcoating appointments prevent the UV damage, cracks and water infiltration that lead to potholes. Make sure to have this done every 2-3 years, depending on how much traffic and wear your pavement gets.