Fancy a bit of Potholing?
The chances are; No thanks! Especially if you are a car driver or cyclist around Yorkshire’s roads.
I am sure we were all relieved to hear that in the budget a substantial amount has been promised to help repair the terrible roads.
It is a little too late for many of us who have already heard that expensive sounding BANG as our car bounces over an unavoidable dreaded pothole. That includes me. I was somewhat cheesed off to find a crack in my rear alloy wheel recently which will set me back over £400 Ouch!
So what should we do when the worst happens?
- If safe to, pull over and have a quick check of the tyres. Make sure they are still inflated and they are still road worthy
- Get down to Motor Marque for a free Pothole Damage Check to prevent further problems and assure you the car is safe. If serious damage has been done, we will discuss with you whether there’s grounds for a claim
- Gather some evidence, preferably a dated photo and measurements, this is difficult on a busy road, so take care
- Report the damage as soon as possible to the council, they are trying their best to keep the roads safe, so help them and other motorists. Leave them your details, no need to mention a claim at this stage
- You will need to submit a Freedom of Information Act to the relevant council to find out how often the road is inspected and how it is maintained. The authorities rely on inspections to refuse claims, so you need as much information as possible
- Have your car repaired. Typical damage occurs to tyres, wheels and suspension, it’s not what you want to spend your money on but failing to repair the will lead to further damage and jeopardise your safety. Sometimes just a wheel alignment adjustment will get you back on the road safely. If you come to Motor Marque you will get an itemised invoice with an accurate description to help with your claim
- Make the claim to the local council, remember this may go to court and what you say is important. Remember the council want the road to be safe too so treat them with respect
Safe motoring and good luck avoiding those potholes!