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The potential damaging effects of potholes and what should we be doing about them?
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Gemma Masini
November 22, 2017
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How often do you come across pot holes in the road? They are in major roads, minor roads, country lanes and carparks – they are everywhere. Why is this important to us? Well as motorists pot holes can cause you a number of problems for your car and car handling, infact 32% of motorists have reported vehicle damage caused by potholes in the last two years, that is 1 in 3 or motorists.

Potholes can cause damage to the tires, causeng punctures, tears or even a blown tire to occur and of course the damage is worst the higher the speed at which you traveling when you hit one and the depth of the hole itself. Not only that but they can cause the tracking to be thrown off balance which in turn will lead to poor handling.

Potholes are a caused by many factors and are unavoidable, so what should we be doing about these holes? Well, the answer is simple as motorists we have a responsibility to report the potholes to the local council in order for repairs to be made. A recent survey found that a whopping 51% of people surveyed have seen bad potholes locally but not reported them, that is 1 in 5, and 40% reported that would report a pothole if they knew how.

So how do you report these potholes?

Make a specific note of the location of the pothole, a landmark nearby for reference is a great idea along with the road name of course.
Find the contact details for your local council via their website or type the relevant post code into the government’s ‘report a pothole’ page.
Add the details, some councils have an interactive map option in order for you to drop a pin to locate the pothole.

If you do come across a pothole you should not make erratic changes to your driving such as swerving or heavy braking, especially if there are other road users nearby.

If you can avoid it by slowing down and careful steering around it, or passing over slowly then do so but please try to consider your actions and try not to cause a bigger accident by your actions.

Furthermore if you have experienced damage by potholes then contact your local council in order to find out if you are eligible to claim compensation. The claim will be dependent on evidence and the size of the pothole as well as the road that it is on but it is definitely worth checking.

Images and stats courtesy of The AA https://www.theaa.com/breakdown-cover/advice/how-to-report-a-pothole

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