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Pot hole luck

Half of drivers crash or have a near miss swerving to avoid potholes, survey finds - Telegraph.

Vittoria1 ....and some of us have had a tyre so shredded by one as to be incapable of repair by the "gunk" kit provided instead of a spare tyre. I am happy to report that Vittoria still looks wonderful, even on the back of a recovery truck.

Fortunately, I was only a couple of miles from my destination after a long and exhilarating drive. I came to a safe stop just outside a pub, where I had a cheering pint of Guinness while waiting for the truck. And I was only 15 miles from a rare-as-hens-teeth Maserati dealership where she will be sorted in time for me to drive to London on Wednesday evening, as planned.

The loss of 45 minutes from my life and the cost of a new dancing pump (and "gunk" kit) for Vittoria is not too bad. All in all, a very lucky "failure to proceed." But what a sad indictment of a supposedly rich country that, after decade+ orgy of public spending, the roads of Surrey are now so tyre-shreddingly bad.


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The pothole avoiders are a danger to those of us on bicycles.

Dick Puddlecote

It's like driving on a crusty swiss cheese here since the ice and snow.

What bothers me is why the holes are still full of water even though we've had very little rain in the past few days.


Don't be too hard on the powers-that-be in charge of roads in Surrey. As an ex-pat mainly living in Bulgaria I have been very critical of the state of the roads there, which have always made even the most pot-holey British roads look like billiard tables. However, I have belatedly come to realise that it's simply a matter of weather (or should that be climate?). In Bulgaria the winters are snowy, and heavily sub-zero overnight, but often the daytime temperature can go to +5 or +10, sometimes even higher. So some of the snow melts during the day, the water trickles into any cracks and crevices in the road surface, and then it freezes overnight, expanding and making the cracks worse. Over the course of a winter this destroys any road that wasn't perfect to start with. In England we haven't had winters like that -- until now. And, surprise surprise, the same thing has happened here. The roads around where I currently am look like Bulgarian ones. The difference is that, over there, they are geared up to the annual post-snow road-mending season, whereas I suspect that in England we will have a long period of pot-holey roads and councils complaining about lack of money for repairs. Blame it on the wrong type of winter!

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