A BBC reporter who was covering a story about potholes had to be rescued after getting stuck in…a pothole!
News man Mike Liggins posted a couple of photos on his twitter page showing the front near-side tyre on his silver VW almost completely engulfed in the giant gap on a narrow country lane.
Liggins, of TV’s Look East, was out-and-about covering a story about the success of Essex council’s ‘pothole blitz’ campaign, when the wheel dropped into a foot-deep crater.
He had to be towed out by repair men and tweeted a couple of photos tagged: “Had to be rescued from a pothole in Essex. I ws filming a news story about…potholes” and later: “Had to be towed out of pothole by Essex county council…roadmenders.”
The council, which has brought in extra teams to fill more than 10,000 holes in a £17 million emergency road repair programme, tweeted back: “We’re glad you were with Essex Highways and they were able to pull you out of the ditch!”
To which Liggins shot back: “Mmm. When is a pothole not a pothole? When it’s a ditch perhaps? Shall we leave it there…”
It is important to make sure tyres are carefully inspected after driving over a deep pothole. etyres recommend taking the following steps:
* Tyres: check for cracks, lumps or bulges, the stress caused by the impact could result in tyre sidewall damage which shows itself as a bulge on the wall of the tyre, which could lead to tyre failure and a blow-out while driving
* Wheels: look for signs of splits or dents in the rim: if the steering wheel doesn’t ‘centre’ properly and there are ‘clonks’ when turning or going over bumps, it could indicate a broken spring or shock absorber
* Handling: if the steering appears to pull to one side and there is increased vibration coming through the steering wheel the tracking may have been knocked. It is important to get this re-set as ignoring it can lead to severe tyre wear and higher fuel consumption
In some instances it is possible to repair a tyre which has suffered pothole damage. etyres offer a mobile puncture repair service which costs just £25, including VAT, and can save motorists the expense of buying a brand new replacement tyre.