Those pesky potholes have become more of a nuisance in recent years with more vehicles
on the road than ever before, in this section, Fineline Driving Academy takes a
look into potholes. It is estimated that 1 in 5 mechanical failures in cars in the
UK are a direct result of potholes, with costs running to a combined £370 million
pounds in repair bills! *. They can be a real problem for the wallets
of drivers in the UK, however motorbikes and cyclists safety is compromised by these
great big craters in the road, and therefore it is a problem which needs to be eradicated
What are potholes and how do they appear?
They are holes in the road of varied sizes and depth which are formed due to water
which has entered into the soil under the roadbed that is expanding and contracting.
When water freezes, it expands and as it melts there are gaps left in the roadbed
which were created when the water expanded during those frozen mornings. This creates
an unstable roadbed, so add to this the weight of cars continually using these roads
(including large trucks and double decker buses), and you end up with the soil under
the road bed giving way and a new pothole is born!
What can you do about potholes?
If you are aware of a pothole and would like to do something about it, the good
news is....you can! You can report a pothole to your local council if you wish,
this can be done by visiting here and entering the postcode of where the pothole is. The website will direct you to
your local councils website, or their direct contact details at which point you
can report the pothole. If the pothole doesn’t personally effect you, it might effect
somebody else so Fineline Driving Academy suggests that you do your good deed for
the day and report that pothole!
What you can do if you are affected by a pothole
Potholes can affect you directly if you have received damage to your vehicle as
a result of driving into one, or even injured due to driving into one. There is
a process which you can carry out to try and be reimbursed for any costs on your
part as a result of a pothole, the process is unfortunately lengthy but if you have
the time and perseverance, it could end with a positive result. You should visit your local councils website and search for the term 'potholes', you will find information on how to launch a case on a pothole which has affected you.
*Information sourced from www.potholes.co.uk