One of the biggest problems drivers have to contend with while on the roads in terms of potential damage to their vehicles has to be potholes. Councils are often criticised for being slow to fix the holes in the road – and now the latest RAC Pothole Index has revealed that between October and December 2016, there was a 24 per cent hike in the number of callouts related to potholes.
Problems that can arise because of driving over a pothole include distorted wheels, broken suspension springs and damaged shock absorbers. What’s more, the RAC’s latest Report on Motoring has also found that the state of local roads – and their maintenance – is the number one concern identified by motorists, with 14 per cent saying it’s what worries them the most about driving.
“If the first three months of 2017 prove to be both wet and cold, potholes are likely to appear at an unprecedented rate which would inevitably stretch local authority repair resources to their limit. While urgent remedial repairs will be needed to reduce the risk of further vehicle damage or injury to road users, including vulnerable motorcyclists and cyclists, it is insufficient investment in preventative maintenance, such as resurfacing, which is ultimately to blame,” David Bizley, RAC chief engineer, said.
Last month (January 7th), the Local Government Association warned that this year could in fact be a tipping point for potholes, with analysis from the Asphalt Industry Alliance suggesting that the total repair figure for these holes will rise to £14 billion come the year 2019.
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