Solving the UK Pothole Problem

We rely greatly on our roads to get to and from important destinations. That’s why, when they aren’t in good shape potential danger can arise. Recently, the UK has experienced extremely cold weather which has caused damage to our local roads. Potholes are a common sight and are formed when moisture gets into the cracks of our roads which then expands when it freezes.

Reporting a pothole

If the pothole you want to report is on a motorway or major road in England, it’s currently best to contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 or email

The transport secretary has stated that funding would allow councils to repair roads so that all road users can enjoy their journeys without having to worry about crossing paths with a pothole. Additionally, £900,000 is being given to a number of local authorities to trail technology that will prevent further damage to our roads.

You may see roads across Manchester being closed off for resurfacing works in the coming weeks.

How can you avoid potholes?

Whilst potholes may seem unavoidable there are ways that will help to protect your car from damage:

Always stay alert as you drive particularly in wet weather when deep potholes may be hidden beneath puddles.

Make sure that there is distance between your car and the vehicle in front so you can see potholes in advance.

Remember that striking potholes at higher speeds can cause more damage to your vehicle.

Try not to slam your brakes when driving over a pothole. When you brake you tilt the vehicle forward placing more stress on the front suspension.

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