In the UK, there are almost 40 million vehicles registered to be used on the roads. With this many people driving, the damage is inevitable. However, the damage is getting to a breaking point for some motorists. Potholes are causing huge damages to individuals’ cars. They can be caused by the cold weather breaking up the material in your tarmac driveways or roads, or just by repeated wear and tear. Whatever the case, it’s important that something has to be done. Although councils won’t fix your tarmac driveways, they will fix your roads.
Find out all about how potholes could be damaging your roads, tarmac driveways, and cars.
It’s no wonder that people are getting so worked up over potholes. It is estimated that 1 in 10 mechanical failures in the UK is due to potholes. The damages are costing drivers up to £730million per annum in repairs.
The costs are just one part of it. Potholes make a journey far slower and more tedious, as well as stressful. Some potholes just can’t be avoided and it does cause drivers to stress.
Danger of Potholes
Potholes are not only costly and annoying. They are also extremely dangerous. Many people are focused on car damages but what about cyclists. In 2007, potholes and other damages to road surface contributed to over 365 serious injuries to cyclists. They also contribut4ed to 22 cyclist deaths.
The gravity of the danger potholes can bring to road users is not unnoticed and it needs to be dealt with.
If you have been affected by potholes in some way you can claim compensation from your local council or the organisation responsible for an A-road or motorway. If you are unsure, contact Traffic Scotland and they may be able to guide you in the right direction.
It is worth bearing in mind that the councils will only approve compensation if the council itself has failed to repair or maintain a pothole that they were aware of. If no one has reported the pothole before then they will not take the blame for the damage and therefore no compensation will be provided.
Road and Tarmac Driveways Repairs
If the damages are on public roads then complaining to the council or organisation responsible is the only way that changes will be made. At home, on tarmac driveways, you can contact a road construction company yourself. A company like RM Kennedy & Sons would be the perfect choice as they have experience of working on both roads and domestic tarmac driveways. They even provide free estimates and full planning and design so you can be sure the repairs will be done to a very high standard before they even start.