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Motorists are being warned about the continued dangers of potholes following publication of last month’s Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey, which outlined the terrible state of Britain’s roads.
At present, there’s more that 24,000 miles of road in desperate need of repair during the next 12 months and one in five local roads are in danger of failing current safety guidelines in the next 5 years.
The state of Britain’s roads is an increasing problem for motorists who are increasingly baring the cost of repairs to paintwork, suspension and tyres, despite already paying for local road maintenance through their council tax.
In addition, the RAC has reported an increase in pothole related breakdowns during 2017, with approximately 10 per cent of RAC members being affected.
What is a pothole?
Potholes are formed by water penetrating the road’s surface through cracks. When temperatures fall and the water freezes, it expands causing the surface to rupture and create a pothole.
How are local councils dealing with the problem?
The pothole crisis is a challenge faced by every local council, but not every council uses the same method to prioritise repairs.
The government used to advise councils that holes measuring 40mm or deeper should be repaired, but since October 2016, local authorities have now been told that holes of this size should be “investigated” with councils then adopting their own ‘risk based’ approach.
Critics argue the new system increases the risk of future deaths, in particular to cyclists.
How can motorists stay safe on the road?
In order to stay safe on the road and avoid any potential vehicle damage, motorists should be aware of potholes. Below are a few tips for safe driving:
Taking action against potholes
Claiming for pothole damage
If you feel you have a valid claim for pothole damage, follow some simple procedures below: