Car insurance: Pothole perils on the up

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

The dangers of potholes are being highlighted by a road maintenance campaign site in the hope of reducing car insurance claims.

Potholes.co.uk was set up by Warranty Direct two years ago to make motorists aware of poor road surfaces.

It reported a 13 per cent year-on-year rise in the number of pothole-related axle and suspension claims after the wintry weather at the start of 2009.

Potholes often become worse because of the freeze and thaw effect of heavy snowfall and ice followed by rising temperatures.

Water seeps into cracks on road surfaces, freezes and expands, causing craters and making gaps wider.

As it melts, the problems become obvious and car insurance claims for damage to vehicles can increase.

To raise awareness of the issue, Potholes.co.uk is calling on road users to submit 140-character poems on Twitter about the condition of highways.

It says pothole damage costs around £320 million every year to fix.

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