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Honda comes up number one for resisting pothole damageBack

The cold weather has set in, and an onset of snow is more than likely within the next month. With the snow comes the addition of potholes on the roads which can be a motorist’s worse nightmare if their car happens to get stuck in one.

Potholes are formed by water which penetrates into the surface of the road through cracks caused by traffic. When the temperatures drop, the water freezes and expands causing the road’s surface to crack, which then caves in under the stress of vehicles and forms a pothole.

Most drivers are concerned about potholes because they are not always easy to spot from a distance and can cause great damage to cars, particularly if they are driven over at speed. However, if you’re in a Honda car, you should feel slightly more confident according to Potholes.co.uk.

New research conducted by the UK’s expert in potholes has revealed that Honda cars are the most resilient to pothole damage. Tens of thousands of policies were studied by warranty provider Warranty Direct to reveal the cars which were most and least susceptible to potholes.

This winter, Britain’s roads are set to become the worst in a generation. More and more potholes have occurred since the big freeze of 2010 and the heavy snow falls earlier this year, but they have yet to be fixed, meaning there are already plenty of existing potholes on the roads which are set to become even bigger.

Driving a car such as a Honda is a good idea if you know that your area contains potholes and you want to avoid the long term damage which can be caused to your car. Other ‘pothole-proof’ manufacturers revealed in the survey include Toyota and Hyundai, with less than two per cent of its cars suffering common problems such as axle and suspension damage, attributed to potholes.

Cars to be avoided when tackling potholes this winter included Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rovers, with more than 10 per cent suffering damage each year. This could be due to the fact that more people are using off-road cars during the winter months to get from A to B.

The average payout for pothole-induced suspension damage is only £309, despite recent claims identified by Warranty Direct and Potholes.co.uk being as high as £2,420, confirming that pothole damage is a growing economical problem.

Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct, said; ‘With last year’s road damage barely dealt with, a repeat of those harsh winter weather conditions could see our highways deteriorate to the worst state they’ve been in for a generation.

‘As councils struggle to solve the pothole problem, consumers can at least be smart about their vehicle of choice. We’ve found some cars have an uncanny ability to absorb the jolts from even the most severe road craters, while others aren’t so resilient.’

‘Particularly surprising is that high-end manufacturers are just as vulnerable, if not more so, than ‘value’ manufacturers. However, we wouldn’t lambast those at the bottom of the pile because the roads are just so bad.’

Posted by Leana Kell on 20/12/2011