Examined: The Key Dangers & Effects of Potholes

The number of potholes appearing on Britain’s roads has been rising at a disturbing rate in recent years. As a consequence, motorists are at greater risk, and their vehicles are more likely to get damaged. In the UK in 2010, almost 40% of motorists had to resort to evasive action when confronted by a pothole, research by Kwik Fit revealed. More alarmingly, 20% of drivers had swerved to avoid a pothole during this period, only to end up in the path of oncoming traffic.

It was estimated as recently as 2011 that there were some three million potholes on Britain’s roads. As a result of these hazardous holes, the vehicles of 7.6 million motorists had been affected in 2010 alone. The cost in repair bills for damage done to wheels and tyres was reckoned to be over £473million. This was an increase of around £10million compared to 2009.

The public can report a pothole to the relevant authority, typically a local council or highways agency. Also, if that authority is aware of a pothole and has taken no action to address the problem, then they leave themselves open to a compensation claim – if the pothole is responsible for a person getting injured, which has been the case in several incidences.

The extreme weather of the last few years has been seen as a major contributory factor in potholes increasing up and down the country. So, with extreme weather, such as extended sub-zero winter temperatures, likely to continue for the foreseeable future, the pothole problem is not likely to go away anytime soon. A recommended course of action for motorists is, when you approach a pothole is to slow down and drive through it, rather than swerve to avoid it and put yourself at greater risk.

C R MacDonald & Our Expertise

Here at C R MacDonald, we specialise in tarmac surfacing and resurfacing, and have been operating in the West Midlands area for more than 30 years. We work with a number of local authorities, as well as with some of the top contractors in the construction industry. Currently, we are looking for experienced tarmac operatives required for immediate start – rakers, roller drivers and HGV drivers preferably qualified with CSCS, CPCS or NRSWA. For further details, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.