By Andrew Williams,
While the tyre industry engages in research to produce safer, smoother-running tyres, their efforts are being undermined by the inactivity of local councils. Recent research has revealed that 12% of the country?s 1 million potholes are not being repaired by local authority road departments.
This has implications for safety and motoring costs. In extreme cases potholes may cause accidents and, at best, they certainly damage tyres. Over the last 10 years claims for pothole damage have increased by an average of 60% across the UK.
Tyresafe, the industry?s safety body, has called on local authorities to address the parlous state of our roads. In the meantime, they advise motorists that the best method to reduce tyre damage is to ensure that tyre pressures are kept at the recommended levels. They also suggest that drivers who suspect that their tyres may be damaged should seek advice from their local tyre dealer.