I mentioned the other day that my favorite time of the year is the rainy season. I also mentioned a couple downsides.
However, the other day I was visiting Brigette Saldaña at Auto Servicios de Chiriquí Insurance, who takes care of all of my insurance needs. Great lady who speaks very good English. If you need her contact info, drop me a note.
Her husband is Carlos Saldaña, who runs Auto Servicios de Chiriquí.
While I was in his facility it dawned on me that I had not mentioned one of the critical downsides to the rainy season. His shop was full of cars that were undergoing bodyshop repairs and and near the entrance I noticed this wheel rim, which is the clue to this warning.
The rainy season brings a much fresher time to Panama, but it also causes a large increase in potholes. Some of these potholes can almost swallow a car and if it has been raining, the pothole may not be easily seen.
If you are moving at a good clip and hit one of these potholes, you are likely to do significant damage, at minimum, you may blow out a tire and ruin a rim.
The current government is not doing a very good job on maintaining the roads and many are downright dangerous. Many of the morning TV news broadcasts show examples of the problems throughout Panama.
This is another good reason I rarely drive at night.