February 7, 2014

Driving Over Pot Holes

All drivers are aware of this menace – crater-like cavities in UK roads have caused problems for many drivers, ranging from uncomfortable journeys to irreversible car damage in the more extreme of cases.

Pot holes are caused by a combination of nature and neglect – the constant stress of vehicles on the asphalt road surfaces causes the roads to crack, leaving room for water to eventually seep into these cracks from rain, which then freezes in the colder months, therefore expanding as it turns to ice, pushing the gravel slowly apart. And when this ice melts in the warmer months, it has often left a very noticeable crack in the road surface known as a pot hole.

Whilst these are unsightly and a hazard to road users, the consequences of pot holes can be easily avoided with some safe driving. By driving slowly, you give yourself time to manoeuvre around any deformations in the road you may see, minimising the risk of damage to your car.

It is also advisable to stick to roads you are familiar with, as you are more likely to notice any pot holes. Also, experts suggest that should you run inadvertently into a pot hole, the best course of action will be to drive straight over it, as braking into the hole could cause more damage to your car.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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