With potholes appearing all over the UK roads and wreaking havoc on our tyres, we’ve put together a quick guide to minimising the damage.
It’s true that in most cases tyres can absorb the impact of a pothole without losing any air, but that doesn’t mean everything is fine.
The first thing motorists should do after rattling over a hole in the road is get out and inspect the tyres and rim as soon as possible to avoid making the situation worse – and more expensive to fix.
If there is a bulge or visible cord material on either sidewall of the tyre it must be replaced immediately. If the edge of the rim is damaged or bent, you’re advised to get a new rim.
If you hit a pothole and burst a tyre you should pull over immediately, if possible. This tyre will need to be replaced.
And finally, the best advice is if you are on a road with lots of potholes, drive as slowly as possible! The harder you hit the hole the more damage it can inflict on the sidewall and the rim.
Alex, National Call Centre