What are potholes?

Potholes are becoming an increasing problem facing drivers across the UK. Potholes can both cause damage to vehicles and present a potential safety hazard to cyclists, motorbike riders and even pedestrians when vehicles swerve to avoid the hazard or lose control as a result of the pothole.

Potholes are formed when moisture from rain or snow gets into existing cracks in the road and expands when it freezes. When the ice melts it leaves a gap which can cave in as vehicles drive over the road surface forming a pothole. Potholes are most likely to form as a result of repetitive freeze-thaw and wet-dry cycles.

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