The RAC is alerting motorists to be aware of the risk of potholes and the damage they can cause to cars and, in particular, tyres.
The leading vehicle breakdown organisation offers the following advice: “If you do hit a particularly deep or large pothole, it’s worth checking your wheel and tyre for damage. Check the outer wall of the tyre for damage including cuts and bulges and if possible, check the inner wall also as this may be damaged. A tyre with cut and bulges could result in handling issues and may burst unexpectedly when driving so requires attention. Check the wheel rim for any damage, especially alloy wheels.”
Another good point the RAC makes is to be aware of what is going on around you: “Before pulling out, however, always check the road ahead and behind, don;t drive close to the car in front or pull out suddenly to avoid a hole.
“Watch the traffic flow – if you find that everyone in front of you is making an unexpected detour, take heed. They may be swerving to avoid a pothole in the road.”
Oliver Hall, Operations Team