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Poor pothole performance

According to the latest research from the Institute of Advanced Motorists more than half (52 per cent) of drivers think that local councils are doing a bad or very bad job looking after local roads. The institute offers useful tips on avoiding the risks associated with potholes:

• Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front so that you can see the road surface before you drive on it
• Avoid suddenly pulling out to avoid a hole, you might encounter an oncoming vehicle or an overtaking motorcyclist
• Potholes tend to reappear in the same place – remember when you see one and expect it to be there again
• Be extra vigilant on roads with lots of lorries and around bus stops, extra pressure is put on the road surface wherever heavy vehicles stop, start or turn
• If you do hit a pothole make a point of checking the inner and outer tyre wall when you stop.