Councillors say potholes are jeopardising road safety

30th April 2013

Local councillors are most concerned about road surfaces and potholes, according to a recent survey conducted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

The poll showed 74 per cent of councillors ranked potholes in their top five list of road safety concerns. Funding to address the problem may be difficult to come by, however. Just over 60 per cent of councillors say budgets for repairs will either decrease or hold steady in the future.

A majority of councillors think budget cuts are negatively impacting Britain’s roads. One in four strongly agree, saying road safety is at risk.

Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “It’s good to see that potholes are councillors’ top priority as this is a big concern for motorists. More must be done to fix our roads before the backlog of repairs becomes unmanageable.”

Motorists should be aware of the dangers potholes pose to tyres and wheel alignment. Should adverse road conditions result in misaligned wheels, rapid tyre wear can occur, along with increased fuel consumption. Drivers will also notice difficulty in manoeuvring their vehicle, putting them at risk on the road.

Take your car into ATS Euromaster, where a trained professional will realign your wheels to ensure you’re maximising performance and fuel efficiency.

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