Potholes are a pesky issue for drivers; they make the road more difficult to navigate and can cause expensive damage to our vehicles. We’re going to take a look at the true cost of potholes to drivers, and explore the ways you can cope with them while driving.
Damage to Vehicles
Potholes can take quite a toll on our cars, even if it’s not immediately recognisable. Driving through potholes could cause any of the following: tyre puncture, damage or wear, wheel rim damage, wear on shocks and struts, suspension damage, steering wheel misalignment, damage to the exhaust system and engine damage.
According to a recent study, a whopping £684 million was spent in the last year to fix damage caused by potholes in Britain, with an average cost of £108 per motorist. This includes fixing damage to tyres, wheels, suspension, exhausts and other bodywork. There doesn’t seem to be much compensation on offer either – a mere £13.5 million paid out within the same time period means that only 2% of the cost was covered.
A More Serious Cost
We’ve taken a look at how potholes can damage our cars, and the financial cost involved, but what about the physical danger to us as drivers? In severe cases, drivers have lost control of their vehicles when hitting a pothole, causing an accident on the road. For some, potholes cause more than a little tyre damage – they could sustain an injury. Even if not at the point of hitting the pothole, if damage to a vehicle goes unnoticed, it could cause problems in the future.
The government is spending £6 billion on fixing potholes across the UK between now and 2021 – which is good news in the long run, but means we still need to be on guard while they are being tackled. Here are a few things to bear in mind to lower the risk of being affected by potholes:
Check your tyres regularly as a worn or deflated tyre is not going to withstand the impact of a pothole.
Vigilance is needed when driving so you can spot any upcoming potholes on the road. Also, watch out for other vehicles that might be changing course to avoid potholes.
Monitor your speed, particularly on wet roads, as potholes could be hidden under puddles. Hitting a pothole at a faster speed does more damage to your vehicle.
Distance between you and the car in front of you gives you space to see any potholes in advance.
Don’t break hard when driving over a pothole. Doing so would put more stress on your suspension.
Unfortunately, there has been a large cost to us as drivers as a result of potholes on our roads. We are hoping the situation improves, but in the meantime if you would like any more information about this issue, feel free to get in touch with us here at Eden Tyres. We’d love to hear your thoughts!