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Potholes causing 'billions in damage' to vehicles

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Potholes are causing significant damage to drivers' new and used cars, according to new research by the Continental Tyre Group.

The average cost of repairing damage caused by potholes is around £121 per driver, the survey indicates, with the total national cost estimated at over £1.2 billion.

One in six respondents report damage to tyres caused by potholes, while two million drivers report being involved in a near miss with another vehicle or pedestrian due to hitting a pothole or swerving to avoid one.

Continental Tyres safety expert Roger Sanders offered some advice to new and used car drivers to help minimise damage.

He said: "Another cause for concern is the fact that over half the respondents neglected to check their tyres after an encounter with a pothole.

"This is essential as there can be hidden problems such as bulges caused by hitting a pothole, which can later cause the tyre to suffer a catastrophic failure."

Continental tyres recently performed better in a series of tests by evo magazine, compared to a range of other products from tyre manufacturers.ADNFCR-2576-ID-19883117-ADNFCR

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