July 26, 2012
The RACQ is warning motorists to be wary of potholes and to keep their tyres adequately maintained after receiving almost 41,000 callouts to help motorists with flat tyres across Queensland so far this year.
RACQ Executive Manager Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said while these instances of tyre damage could not all be attributed to potholes and other road surface faults, it did highlight the need for motorists to take particular caution.
“Be sure to reduce your speed if the road surface is not up to par and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front so that potholes can be spotted and avoided,” Mr Spalding said.
“Bear in mind that if the pothole is full of water, it could actually be quite deep and potentially damaging to your tyres and wheel rims.
“Obviously the better the condition your tyres are in the less susceptible they are to road damage, so ensure your tyres are well maintained, inflated to the correct level, and have a decent tread.”
Mr Spalding recommended that motorists report the location of any potholes they discovered to the Department of Transport and Main Roads or the local council so they could be filled as soon as possible.
“If you hit a pothole, pull over in a safe area and check for obvious signs of damage,” he said.
“Steering vibration, the car pulling to one side, or unusual noises from the tyres or suspension are problem signs.
“Most importantly, have any damage investigated and repaired as a matter of urgency.”
Mr Spalding said potholes could lead to costly repairs to cars, and claims for compensation could be a lengthy process. Legal advice should be sought before lodging a claim.