Driving This Pothole Season

ADVICE FOR DRIVERS THIS POTHOLE SEASON

Every hour, there’s a pothole-related incident on one of Britain’s roads. In fact, the RAC attended 20 per cent more pothole emergencies in 2019 than in 2018.

 

So to give you the best chance of steering clear of potholes this winter and beyond, here are our top tips.

Take your time

Hitting a pothole at high speed increases the chances of your car sustaining serious damage. You’re more likely to spot the pothole if you’re able to see it coming.

 

And if you can see puddles on the road, be cautious. One of those puddles could be hiding a big pothole, so keep your speed down

Keep a firm hold of the wheel

Hitting a pothole at any speed can cause you to change direction.

 

Keeping a firm grip of the steering wheel will enable you to correct any change of direction and keep your car on the road. 

The two-second gap

Good drivers always leave a two-second gap between their car and the car in front. It means you have time to react if it hits a pothole or you see it manoeuvre around one.

Slow down gently

Sudden braking can put your car at risk as it places extra stress on the suspension. If you can, slow down gently before a pothole and then coast through if you can’t avoid it.

Get the pressure right

Making sure your tyres are at the right pressure – not under or over inflated – is vital if you ever do come across an unavoidable pothole.

 

That’s because you’re much less likely to have a puncture or blowout if you hit it.

Check for damage

Checking out any damage after a pothole incident is important. Leaving damage unfixed could really cost you and other road users in the long run.

 

Simply pull over somewhere safe to look for damage. If something doesn’t seem right, take your car to a garage to be serviced properly.

Reporting Potholes

The best way to avoid pothole drama is to make sure they’re dealt with by the authorities before they have a chance to cause you and other road users any danger.

 

To report any potholes you see, just visit Fix My Street and follow the simple instructions. They’ll pass on the report to your local council and the problem should be dealt with quickly.