Potholes can leave a big dent in the profits of a business, according to a report by Danielle Gourlay from AllStar Fuel Card, one of the UK’s leading fuel card providers.
Looking at the increasing costs of potholes for fleets, Danielle writes in her article for FleetPoint: “Fleet operators have been tearing their hair trying to repair broken suspension springs, damaged tyres, wheels and non-functional shock absorbers. In fact, they claim to have paid out more than £215 million on vehicle repairs over the past year as a result of potholes and poorly maintained roads.
“As if that were not enough, the design of modern vehicles make it even more expensive for fleet operators. Modern alloy wheels and high performance tyres cost a lot and even minor damages can result in a bill of around £500.”
Aside from vehicle damage, Danielle notes that the cost of such damage to fleets extends beyond just physical repairs. “The commercial impact of having the vehicle off the road is significant,” she explains. “It is estimated that one driver encounters a pothole every 30 seconds – leaving fleet companies facing an average bill of £147 to get their cars back on the road.
While inroads are being made to improve the pothole epidemic blighting the UK’s roads, the article points out these are still in the early stages. “There does seem to be hope on the horizon: cold asphalt solutions, touted to be a permanent fix for the potholes that dot Britain’s roads, has proven to be a success across “a wide range of extreme conditions — from the Canadian Yukon to the Australian bush,” Danielle details in her post.
“In addition, a new invention called the ‘Dalek’ (used in America) is stated to be capable of filling potholes in less than two minutes, much faster than the usual hour. This is currently being trialed in Bedfordshire. Moreover, news of a self-healing concrete that has been produced at Bath, Cardiff and Cambridge and other universities, offer a new way of avoiding repairs for roads.”
However, Danielle added: “But until these new technologies become mainstream and authorities decide to ‘fix them right at the first attempt,’ fleet operators are left with no option but to continue suffering damage to their vehicles.
“Until such time, if you do hit a big pothole, check your alignment immediately as it can accelerate tyre wear, also check your tyres for impact breaks or cuts and replace them if need be. And then hope for the best!”
etyres carry out a mobile tyre fitting and puncture repair service, which is very popular with businesses, because it means the tyres can be replaced or repaired while the vehicle is out on the road on a job, therefore companies do not have to tie employees up waiting around at a garage or tyre depot to have the work carried out, saving them valuable time and money.
Denna Bowman, Head Office