Potholes have appeared in several regions across the UK causing damage to vehicles in a road safety risk just a week on from two powerful storms. One driver in Birmingham said a pothole nearly killed him after ripping a tyre loose on his Honda Jazz.
Mohamed Ajax was driving along the Imperial Road in Birmingham when he came into contact with the pothole.
The force of impact meant Mr Ajax lost control of his vehicle, claiming to have missed a parked car by no more than an inch.
Speaking to Birmingham Mail, he said: “There was a big grinding sound. The tyre came off from the driver’s side and I lost control of the car.
“The car slid down the road. I was an inch away from a parked car but was lucky because I regained control of the car.”
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The incident happened on Wednesday February 19 as he was driving to the MOT centre for a car test.
Mr Ajax claims the sharp-edged pothole was deeper than it looked causing his tyre to completely shred as he drove over it.
A brand new pothole has also opened up on a Lincolnshire road which caused damage to seven cars since it opened up on Tuesday.
An eyewitness said the pothole was around two feet long and half a foot deep and was difficult to notice while driving as it as filled with water.
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Speaking to Lincolnshire Live, Luke Silcock explained how his van hit the pothole at around 7:20pm on Tuesday evening.
His vehicle was not damaged so he drove away from the scene only to notice seven cars were damaged just metres up the road.
He said: “They were all parked along the verge. I stopped again with my hazard warning beacons on and found all the cars had been damaged.
“The one at the front had snapped his suspension the others had broken wheels – they were not best pleased.”
Mr Silcock said the road had been re-laid as recently as last summer and blamed the recent cold weather and heavy rain as the cause behind the road damage.
West Sussex Highways has increased its pothole team from eight to 12 in a desperate bid to overcome the issue.
A total of 2,479 repairs were completed across the entire county in January in an average estimate of more than 110 per day.
However, freak weather conditions are said to have caused the number of potholes to increase, forcing the county council to reassure motorists.
A spokesperson said: “Roads are not permanent structures and deteriorate over time from constant use, the weight of vehicles travelling on them and the effects of the weather.
“With the expansion and contraction caused by temperature change, deterioration will occur, resulting in new potholes.”
Vehicle driving application Waze has reported a massive 40 percent increase in the number of potholes over the past month.
Their data revealed a 30.6 percent increase on pothole alerts over the past week as Bath was revealed to be the worst affected region.
Joint research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research and Zurich has revealed overall pothole numbers could increase by more than 100,000 by 2030 if the government fails to invest.
Estimates show there could be 651,000 potholes by the end of the decade unless the government invests an extra £500 million a year to deal with the crisis.