By Denna Bowman
The growing emergence of potholes across the UK roads will continue to cause millions of pounds worth of damage to tyres, alloy wheels and other car parts, according to a breakdown recovery service.
Startrescue.co.uk has reported a 13% increase in tyres and suspension related call outs throughout December 2009 and January 2010.
Ricardo Sagnella, a spokesman for the vehicle recovery service, said: “More and more motorists are telling us that their problems are largely due to the thousands of potholes that have appeared since the ice and grit has finally cleared.
“Until the roads are repaired, we can see this trend continuing as motorists often have no alternative other than to hit the pothole rather than swerve at the last minute and potentially cause an accident.”
Potholes are estimated to cost motorists £300 million every year. Suspension, tyre, wheel alignment and axle failure are the most common faults caused and with the roads getting worse whilst UK councils are trying to find the extra funds needed for repairs, car owners are paying the price.
There are over 30 million cars using the UK roads and if just one in five had to replace a single tyre, then the total cost to the UK motorist would be a staggering £300 million – and that is based on the likely minimum cost to the consumer of £50 to replace a basic tyre, according to Startrescue.co.uk.
Sagnella added: “It’s not just the cost to car owners, it’s also the inconvenience. In just two months we’ve seen such a huge surge in call outs to help with the damage caused by these sometimes invisible holes in the road and our clients are furious at the cost of repairs.
“Even if the roads can’t be patched up or repaired straight away the pothole hot spots should at least be marked out to ensure we try our best to avoid the harmful holes in good time, protecting our cars – and in some cases, ourselves and other road users.”