Potholes are amazing things. They appear on every type of paved surface and sometimes seem to magically develop overnight. In every government of the world, there are crews whose entire purpose is to constantly roam from pothole to pothole making repairs. And its not only the potholes that need to be repaired. Many vehicles need a car service after hitting a pothole. While most people consider potholes a nuisance, the fact is that their presence can lead to severely damaged cars and even serious accidents.
What is more likely to cause damage to a vehicle, rolling along a smooth surface or dropping the car several inches? Dropping the vehicle, right? The sudden jar of the entire weight of the vehicle adds a sudden stress far greater than that found in a car whose tyres never leave the road surface. Potholes add even more stress as the forward momentum of the vehicle contributes to the “drop”.
The most direct damage a pothole can cause is damage to axles and suspension systems of a vehicle. A Broken axle or spring is likely to result in a vehicle that cannot be driven without repair. This is actually better than the alternative – damaged axles and suspensions. While it is counter intuitive, it is better for the vehicle to be disabled than for someone to drive a vehicle with damage that could catastrophically fail at any moment. An axle snapping in the midst of a curve is an almost certain accident. The erratic handling caused by a damaged suspension is also a tremendous danger for anyone in the car. In the case that your suspension gets damaged you will probably have to get it changed when you next get your MOT. You can get an MOT in Newcastle and pretty much every major town or city in the UK.
We have already seen how damage from potholes can cause accidents. Another ironic way they cause accidents is by people attempting to avoid damage to their cars by avoiding the potholes. Anyone who has driven for any period of time has seen people make incredibly dangerous manoeuvres in an attempt to steer clear of a pothole. A line of people sedately steering around a pothole is usually the result of all the drivers being aware of the pothole and is not so dangerous. The real danger occurs when someone who was unaware of it sees the hole and tries to avoid it. This usually results in a sudden swerve in one direction of another, causing accidents with anything in the vicinity.
Potholes clearly create hazards to both cars and the people inside those cars. Until a hole is repaired, it is best for those aware of it to take alternate routes if possible to avoid the danger they represent. If avoidance is impossible, treat the vicinity of the hole as a serious hazard zone. This hyper vigilance should be applied to holes in the other lanes as well, since seeing the hole could cause those drivers to suddenly make an unpredictable manoeuvre.