According to AAA, potholes caused over $3 billion in damage to cars nationwide in 2016. That's billion with a B!

I was surprised to see a local TV station report that the state of Illinois may reimburse you for vehicle repairs caused by potholes on state roads.

That's no small thing, as AAA also reports that the average cost of pothole damage is at least $300.

Of course, the program limits reimbursement to damage caused on state roads or interstates, but nonetheless, that could certainly soothe the blow.