January 09, 2011 19:00 ET

December's Deep Freeze Leaves Britain's Roads Riddled With Potholes

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2011) - As the country emerges from the coldest December since records began, Swinton Bike Insurance is issuing a warning to bikers to remain vigilant on Britain's deteriorating roads.

Swinton Motorbike Insurance has learnt that the recent heavy snowfall and ice could leave local councils patching up more than a million potholes this year, with an estimated repair bill of £64 million, providing a major cause of concern for motorcyclists, who unlike cars, could end up losing control and crashing. 

A survey of 1200 customers online conducted by the bike insurance retailer discovered that 62% of motorcyclists have experienced a problem with a pothole on their daily commute, and a further 17% have noticed a difference from before the cold snap.

The cause of the potholes is due to the wet and freezing conditions causing ice to seep into the road. The ice then expands and rips chunks of the surface out, leaving potholes blighting Britain's roads.

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bike Insurance, said: "This recent cold snap has left many bikers unable to ride; those burgeoning with the desire to get back on their bikes should remember to do so only if the weather permits, and once riding should keep speeds down to allow more reaction time should a pothole arise".

About Swinton

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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