During your driving lessons in Brighton you might have noticed you are getting a crash course in steering as you try to avoid potholes in the road. Or perhaps lessons have just become an extra bumpy ride. East Sussex County Council has reported a huge increase in potholes in the Sussex area following the recent bout of winter weather.

Recently motorists using the A259 South Coast road were caught up in a 6 mile traffic jam [http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/10237917.Six_mile_traffic_jam_hits_south_coast___caused_by__dangerous_potholes_/?ref=mr] that reportedly lasted for hours.

An East Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “We have been carrying out urgent works today on the A259 to fix dangerous potholes.” The county are planning to sent out addition work gangs to fix the worst holes and resurfacing works are scheduled in order to improve roads across the county. The Council stated: “We understand that roadworks can be frustrating for motorists but hope people will bear with us whilst this essential work is being carried out.”

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists a third of drivers have damaged their car driving over a pothole and 16% told the institute they had witnessed or been in an accident caused by a vehicle hitting a pothole. Driving over a pothole can cause axle and suspension failure, which makes up a third of mechanical issues in the UK.

If you do hit a pothole you should check your tyre pressure over the next few days. A hairline fracture in the alloy wheel from a pothole can allow air to escape and make your tyres unsafe for driving. Handling is affected by low pressure in tyres, it also makes the tyres more likely to overheat and rapidly deflate. This could be extremely dangerous if it happens at high speed.

If you are unsure after driving over a pothole you can have your tyres checked at your nearest tyre retailer. They can inspect your tyres for any signs of misalignment or loss of pressure.

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