Pothole epidemic set to increase at an “unprecedented rate” putting tyres and lives at risk

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Britain’s pothole epidemic is set to get even worse with more craters expected to appear at an “unprecedented rate” in the coming months, according to the RAC.

Potholes cause extensive damage to tyres

The breakdown service forecasts that with a return to seasonal downpours, coupled with freezing temperatures, the pothole problem is likely to cause even more vehicle failures during the next three months, such as slow punctures and blow-outs at high speeds.

Driving over potholes can wreak havoc on vehicles in a number of ways, including wrecked tyres, damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension rings and distorted wheels – all of which land motorists with costly repair and replacement bills and put lives at risk.

That is why it is imperative to avoid driving over potholes, even though it is often unavoidable due to traffic flow and rain-soaked roads. The next best thing to reduce the effect of driving over potholes is to check for signs of damage as soon as possible.

In the case of tyres this is relatively simple: pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and check tyres for signs of damage, such as cracks and lumps. Also regularly check tyre pressure to ensure a slow puncture was not inflicted.

Although around 60 per cent of punctured tyres can be repaired, unfortunately the damage wreaked by potholes is usually so extensive it would be impossible or unsafe to carry out a repair to British Standard BS AU 159. This is because usually only the centre area of a tyre is repairable, while driving over a pothole tends to wreck the sidewall thus causing irreparable harm.

To find out if the damage is repairable, download etyres repairable area gauge which indicates in which area of the tyre tread it is possible to safely and legally repair a puncture.

etyres operate a mobile tyre fitting and puncture repair service, which is ideal for motorists who suspect they have suffered pothole damage, because it means they do not have to risk causing further damage to their tyre or vehicle by driving to a garage or tyre depot.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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