By Denna Bowman
The current ‘pothole epidemic’ blighting the UK’s roads is in danger of leading to a rise in the number of tyres-related road casualties, according to TyreSafe.
The leading tyres safety organisation has issued the stark warning in the wake of a report by the consumer watchdog Which?. It revealed that councils in England and Wales paid out £22.8m in compensation to drivers for pothole related damage in 2012.
Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, warned: “Hitting a pothole can cause a number of tyre and wheel problems which can have a serious impact on road safety.
“Visible damage such as buckled wheels or lumps in the tyre are the most obvious signs of a problem which must be addressed by a qualified professional. However, hidden problems such as cracked alloys can be just as dangerous.”
Furthermore, following the ‘perfect storm’ conditions for the formation of potholes, many road experts are now predicting months of motoring misery ahead.
“If drivers do hit a pothole, it’s important that they check their tyre pressures regularly over the next few days to see if there is any gradual loss of pressure.
Jackson added: “Hairline fractures in the alloy wheel can lead to air escaping and low pressure can have devastating consequences.”
Correct air pressure is particularly important for safe driving. Not only is handling and cornering affected by low pressure, but when driven under-inflated for prolonged periods, tyres are more likely to overheat and suffer from rapid deflation.
This type of event can be extremely difficult to control as it often occurs at high speeds on motorways risking the life of the driver, vehicle occupants and other road users as well.
Other pothole related damage that drivers are being advised to look out for include cuts, lumps or bulges in the tyre as well as any changes to the vehicle’s feel or handling which can be a sign of misalignment.”
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