With so many gaping potholes opening up across the UK due to the harsh winter weather, motorists should take extra care to protect their car tyres.
The sharp edges and deep potholes can shred the tyres tread or the sidewalls. Rims and alloy wheels are also particularly prone to damage easily.
But drivers can take measures to avoid the pitfalls of potholes. First and foremost, avoid driving over a potholes – although this is not always possible, especially when the holes are filled with rain water and look like puddles.
Driving too close to the car infront can obscure your view of the road surface, so leave plenty of room which will allow you to see any hazards ahead.
Also, making sure your tyres have the correct pressure can reduce the impact of driving over a pothole.
If your tyres are under-inflated, there is an added risk that the tyre sidewall will be squashed and damaged. In extreme cases this can lead to tyre failure.
This is a good reason for checking tyre pressure more often than usual in order to protect the tyre and spot creeping pressure loss.
Oliver Hall, Operations Team