Have you hit a pothole recently?

Have you hit a pothole recently?

In the kind of weather we have experienced over recent months with the temperature dropping suddenly, the forming of potholes is much more common.  This is because potholes form when moisture gets into the cracks in the road which expands when it freezes.  Add in that cash strapped council are often doing temporary fixes the problem is becoming worse and worse.

Reporting potholes

You can report potholes using https://www.fixmystreet.com this is quick and easy way to report potholes or any other street problems you see such as fly tipping or broken pavements.

If you want to report a pothole on a major road such as a motorway you can go to https://report.highwaysengland.co.uk.

What kind of damage can hitting a pothole do to my vehicle?

  • Tyre problems such as cuts or bulges.
  • Cracked alloys, buckled wheels and problems with wheel alignment.
  • Suspensions issues such as broken coil springs.
  • Body work damage such as cracked or scraped bumpers.

Some of these repairs can be costly so you do have the right to make a claim against the local council or the body who maintain the road.

Making a claim

To make a claim you must firstly find out which authority maintains the road.  Your chances of being successful will be significantly improved if the pothole has already reported to the relevant authority.

Make sure to get photos of the damage and send these along with a brief outline of the circumstances, name of the road and the location of the pothole using landmarks such as bus stops or signposts and a repair quote or invoice to the relevant authority.

If you have hit a pothole and suspect that there may be mechanical damage, contact us today to get your car booked in for a check.  Call on 01733 333838.

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