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More Iowans may be out on the road due to low gas prices but their cars are taking a beating because of it.

Chuck Burrell of Des Moines Public Works said, “We know they’re going to be there. We know that is just a part of winter, spring, summer, fall conditions.”

The Des Moines Public Works responded to more than 50 pothole complaints Friday.

Complaints are up compared to last years numbers in-part of the recent thaw.

Area auto shops say they are also seeing the impact of the increase in potholes.

“When you hit these potholes or even go up over a curb or something, those adjustments tend to shift just a little bit and all of the sudden you know your car doesn’t drive right,” said owner Ron Haugen of Westside Auto Pros.

The city says the best way to get a pothole repaired is to let them know about it. You can contact the public works 24-hour call center at 283-4950. Just leave the location of the pothole and city crews will get it filled as soon as possible.