How are potholes affecting your fleet?

22/06/2018

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The number of potholes across the country is at an all-time high.

How are potholes affecting your fleet?

Potholes in the UK are estimated to cause at least one in 10 mechanical failures and cost an estimated £730m a year to motorists. Due to the colder weather we’ve experienced this year, the number of potholes across the country is at an all-time high.

There are many ways potholes can be damaging your fleet and in turn your business. Here’s what you and your drivers should be keeping an eye on.

Tyres are often the first thing that are affected after going through a pothole. The impact of driving over a pothole can mean your tyres are more likely to become flat or even burst. This is because the impact can slice the rubber or snapping belts that hold tyre together. A special eye should be kept on tyre pressure after a meeting with a pothole.

It’s not just tyres that are affected, but the impact of driving over potholes can also cause damage to your suspension. Whilst your suspension is designed to absorb the impact to make for smooth driving, there’s only so much that it can handle.

Other areas to consider are your exhausts and the actual body of the car. If your car is lower to the ground, then it’s more likely you’ll see the damage here.

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