By Denna Bowman
Drivers are being urged to take simple steps to avoid causing damage to their vehicles, especially tyres, by being more aware of potholes.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists has issued a list of tips to help drivers avoid driving over potholes and offers helpful advice to boost awareness.
• Give cyclists and motorcyclists trying to get past potholes a suitably wide berth.
• In the dark, most potholes are virtually invisible so expect drivers to react to them late and to change direction sharply.
• Be pothole aware – Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front.
• Once you see a pothole slow down or take the safest route round it, but check your mirrors to ensure the driver behind has time to avoid hitting you.
• Potholes often appear in the same place again and again. Around bus stops or where heavy lorries use a road are often the worst spots.
• If you do hit a pothole, check the outer and inner tyre walls, which may both have been damaged.
Denna Bowman, Head Office