By Denna Bowman
Pothole damage to British roads could cost a staggering £10 billion to repair, according to a leading tyres manufacturer.
And Bridgestone tyres also estimate it could take more than a decade to put right after the worst winter the UK has seen for 30 years.
The Japanese tyres manufacturer has reported a 10-fold increase in the number of tyres damaged due to potholes from September 2009 to March this year, compared with the same period 12 months ago.
However, Andy Dingley, a senior analyst at Bridgestone, said the risk of tyre damage from a pothole can be reduced if they are looked after and well maintained.
He explained: “One way to minimise damage from potholes is to ensure they are correctly inflated to begin with. Under or over inflation of your tyres can cause even greater structural damage to the tyre if the car comes into contact with a pothole.”