What to do if your tyres have been damaged by a pothole

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If you have had your tyres damaged after driving over a nasty pothole, you might be interested to know that Which? wants to hear from you and is also offering advice about getting compensation.

Apparently, local councils have paid out more than £22 million in pothole compensation last year to motorists who suffered damage to their vehicles, including burst tyres, buckled wheels, axel and suspension failure, according to Which? magazine

The consumer champions conducted an investigation into the state of the UK roads in various regions. Using data provided by local councils, they found there is something of a postcode lottery when it comes to the quality of local roads.

Across England and Wales as a whole, they found that councils paid road users a huge £22.8m in compensation for damage caused by potholes in 2012.

They also discovered that the backlog of road repairs in England is only getting bigger. Since 2009, the backlog of pothole repairs alone has grown from £53.2m to £61.3m on average per local authority.

It is also estimated that it would cost an enormous £12.9bn to clear the entire road maintenance backlog in the UK.

So the pothole situation is getting worse. But what state are the local roads in where you live?

Which? is inviting motorists to post their experiences of potholes and how they fared with compensation claims on its website http://conversation.which.co.uk/transport-travel/potholes-repairs-compensation-damage-councils/?cmp=emmembers_pref.

Which? also offers guidance on how to make a claim for compensation http://www.which.co.uk/cars/driving/driving-advice/potholes-and-claiming-compensation/compensation-for-pothole-damage/.

In some cases damaged tyres can be repaired. etyres operate a convenient tyre puncture repair service. Our fitters come to your home or work to examine your tyre and see if it can be repaired. If a new tyre is required, etyres supply and fit a wide range of tyres to suit all budgets, including economy, mid-range and all the premium brands, at highly competitive prices.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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