Asda Money t/a Asda Financial Services Limited

February 14, 2013 01:00 ET

Pot Hole Problem Prevention from Asda Money

Potholes are a growing problem on the UK's roads, with motorists and cyclists facing an average of 6.25 potholes per mile(1). Asda Money looks at ways you can avoid potholes and the damage they can cause to your vehicle whilst driving.

LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2013) - Ministers have announced an extra £215million for councils to carry out repairs but, with council chiefs warning that they already have a £10 billion backlog of repairs; the peril of potholes doesn't look like being filled over any time soon.

Asda Breakdown Cover can help if you find your car is immobilised by a pothole, but there are a number of other practical steps you can take to help avoid problems.

Asda Money offers these top tips on how you can combat the pothole problem while driving this winter:

If you notice potholes on the road then you should cut your speed and drive carefully to help avoid the worst of them. Look out for cars in front of you swerving (there's a good chance they're driving around a pothole).

  • Try to avoid puddles, which can conceal nasty potholes.

  • Ensure your tyres are well inflated: the air pressure inside a tyre is what helps to bear the vehicle's weight. If your car tyre is under-inflated there may not be enough air to properly support the vehicle, particularly when you come into contact with a pothole at high speed.

  • If you do drive over a pothole, pull over when it is safe to do so and inspect your vehicle - particularly tyres - for damage.

  • A flat tyre may be obvious but if there is a bulge or visible cord material on the tyre's sidewall, it should also be replaced immediately.

  • If you notice your car pulling to the side, your alignment may have been affected. Your local garage will be able to fix this for you.

Notes to editors

(1) According to the AA Daily Mail

About Asda Breakdown Cover

  • 76% of cars fixed at the roadside *

  • Average response time under 42 minutes ^

  • 98% of customers satisfied with our service +

  • Cheaper than the AA & RAC **

  • Pay annually and save £20 on UK breakdown and European cover

  • Asda Breakdown Cover provided by Britannia Rescue

* Fix rate of 76.3% taken from 108089 returned agent invoices between 01 January and 31 December 2012.

^ Response time of 41.9 minutes taken from 61317 customer questionnaires during 1 January to 31 December 2012

+ Customer satisfaction of 98.2% taken from 61317 customer questionnaires during 1 January to 31 December 2012

** Based on Asda UK Breakdown Cover compared to the nearest equivalent level of cover from the AA and RAC. Competitor's prices include discount available on 04/01/2013 (online and call centre). Prices quoted are for annual payment only and relate to vehicle only cover and not personal cover.

Asda Money is a trading name of Asda Financial Services Limited. Asda Financial Services Limited uses a selection of companies to provide its products and services. Asda Financial Services Limited and Asda Stores Limited act as Introducer Appointed Representatives to Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Limited for Breakdown Cover. Britannia and Britannia Rescue are registered trademarks and are trading styles of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies. Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Limited, registered in England and Wales number 3232514 is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority, register number 202965. Registered address for all Liverpool Victoria companies: County Gates, Bournemouth BH1 2NF.

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