Potholes are a common nuisance on our roadways. Not only do they make a street look rundown and unsightly, but they pose a threat to the safety of anyone who travels on the road. Potholes can develop or worsen practically overnight, so even drivers who regularly cover a particular stretch of roadway may not notice the sudden change until it is too late.
A road littered with potholes can cause serious property damage to your car and even result in a car accident. Sometimes, when a pothole is so severe, or your car is not equipped to handle the blow, it will cause you to lose control of your car. This leads to car accidents that, many times, have caused wrongful deaths.
Motorcycle drivers are at special risk of injury if they ride over a pothole. Having just two wheels on the ground and a lower weight than cars, motorcycles are ill-equipped to handle potholes.
Potholes are a major factor in causing axle & suspension failure, which counts for a third of mechanical issues on UK roads and costs British motorists an estimated £2.8 billion every year.
Did you know that if all authorities were given the budgets they need to fix their roads, it would take English authorities 12 years to catch up with the current backlog, and Welsh authorities 14 years.
A recent survey conducted by The AA found that one in five (20%) drivers would volunteer to fill in potholes for councils, potentially helping to cut the UK’s huge backlog of road surface repairs. This follows a rural scheme Devon County Council put into action last year.
Edmund King OBE, AA president said: “As local councils struggle with funding cuts some are turning to their residents and are asking for a helping hand. “It shows that people are so fed-up with the state of their local roads that they are prepared to take matters into their own hands.”