The combination of the recent severe wet weather and freezing conditions that are expected towards the end of the month are creating the perfect conditions for the formation of potholes, according to Warranty Direct.

The cold new-year period is traditionally the time at which the greatest number of potholes tend to appear, and with twice the average amount of rainfall seen over December, the situation is only going to get worse.

Potholes have become an increasingly large problem for Britain's motorists, with repairs bills for damage caused by them estimated to cost £730million, a rise of 159 per cent in just three years.

Currently, there is thought to be around 200,000 potholes in need of attention across the UK road network, but continued heavy rain is hampering repair efforts.

"The worst is yet to come," says Rory Buckley of Warranty Direct. "This wet weather will be saturating roads right across the UK with existing potholes channeling water to weaken the road's substructure, literally paving the way for even more potholes and defects to arise."

The threat of 'invisible potholes' that are filled with water and much harder to spot, is making conditions on the road that much more treacherous.

Buckley continued: "Potholes and other road defects can cause sudden jarring or regular jarring which accelerates wear and tear to axle and suspension components, often leading to failure. Damage to wheel rims and punctured tyres are also a common fault of potholes."

Warranty Direct calculates the average repair bill for pothole-caused axle or suspension damage at £247, though some individual claims seen by the company have been as high as £2,700, a vast sum compared to the average £50 it costs for a council to repair a pothole.

Have you suffered damage to your car as a result of a pothole? Who paid for the resultant repair work? Have your say below.

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Daljinder Nagra


January 14, 2014

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