A guide to potholes, and what to do if you hit one!

by admin on May 17, 2017

You may be thinking how can there be enough to write about potholes to put together an article. However more and more drivers are getting caught out and suffering significant damage to their cars, and their wallets. Here are some top tips from us!

It’s estimated that the number of breakdown callouts caused by potholes has risen 63% in the last 12 months alone. And while we had a very mild winter compared to previous years, the condition of the roads has continued to decline, and potholes are appearing at an alarming rate. It’s thought that around £12 billion is needed to bring all roads across England and Wales up to standard, at an average cost of £49 per pothole. If the funds aren’t found soon then one in five local roads could soon become completely unusable.


What to do when you hit a pothole

Even if you suspect there isn’t any damage to your car after hitting a pothole we’d recommend heading to your local garage to make sure. Potholes can damage your tyres, steering, suspension and shock absorbers, so it’s really worth making doubly sure that there is no damage.
Your local council is responsible for keeping roads at a high standard, so should you find yourself facing vehicle damage brought on by a pothole then head to your council offices to see what can be done. If it’s found that the council had already known about the pothole but had failed to act on it then you may be able to claim compensation to cover the cost of repairing your vehicle.

How to avoid damage

It may seem tempting, especially when making a split second decision to take adverse action to avoid a pothole in the road ahead. However this can put yourself and other road users at risk. If you know you can’t avoid the pothole altogether slow down so you don’t hit it at speed. Be sure to not break as you drive over it, as braking puts more pressure on the front suspension on your car and can in fact cause more damage. Keep back from the car in front of you so you can see the road ahead clearly, and give yourself enough time to react to a possible pothole. Make sure you avoid driving through standing water on the road in bad weather, as it may be masking potholes lying underneath.

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