Pothole Tyre Damage Looks Imminent -Continued rise of pothole-related breakdowns is “concerning”, says RAC

Pothole Tyre Damage Looks Imminent

Pothole Tyre Damage Looks Imminent

Pothole Tyre Damage Looks Imminent

I have already noticed the huge increase in potholes as I drive about. Especially after all the snow and frost that we have been witnessing here in the UK. One particular road near from where I live has opened up as many as twenty large potholes  in the space of three weeks.

The potholes seam to appear where there has been recent road works. Hence, you can see in the image that the hole is on old road works tarmac. In my opinion then local counsels should look more carefully how the roads are repaired by contractors. In many cases the roads have just been patched and made to look good.

The counsel are then left to pick up the cost of repairing the holes when they appear after bad weather. Of course, we do notice an increase in damaged tyres and even alloy wheels are smashed.

Many of these holes are covered with snow and ice.

Consequently, the only time the driver knows he has hit one is when he hears a loud bang. So as the cars wheel hits the hole.

The tyre damage is not often spotted until later when the car is in for a service or MOT test. By this time the damage has been done and a new tyre has to be purchased. Of course, tyre companies do recognise this problem. One particular tyre maker has come up with protective material in the side wall of the tyre. Nokian tyres are making certain sizes of SUV tyres, with added “Aramid” into the tyres construction.

Nokian say, “Durability and protection for surprising situations. The sidewall compound that is exceptionally durable and puncture-resistant contains extremely strong aramid fibres. The same material is utilised by the aerospace and defense industries. The aramid fibre strengthens the sidewall rubber to withstand external impacts and pressing against the wheel flange”.

These tyres are available in many but not all sizes. Of course it is a step in the right direction to help protect our tyres, cars and family should we come across some hidden pothole. The new technology is available on the Nokian Line SUV summer tyres and the Nokian Z Line SUV summer tyres. Customers can click onto the Nokian website to see of these tyres are available for their particular model of cars.

Eric Roberts

A total of 2,830 RAC individual member breakdowns were logged between October and December 2017 where vehicles had broken down due to damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs or distorted wheels, likely due to poor

Source: Continued rise of pothole-related breakdowns is “concerning”, says RAC – Garagewire

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