Freedom At Last!

I am ashamed to confess that I have not been as brave as MX5 Owner’s Club member Ady, from Essex, who went out in  the heavy snow this month. In my defence we have had four weeks of blizzards here in Whitby and all I have done is to run the engine of my trusty steed every three days and charge the battery once a week. However, today the roads are clear at last and I have just driven 30 miles with the roof down and the heated seats keeping me warm. The car went well and I feel really rejuvenated but I was horrified by the state of the tarmac. Many of our roads were not repaired after the ravages of last winter and the very low temperatures and ice of the past month have produced some spectacular potholes:

My wife has a ten mile drive across the moors to work in her Mazda 2 and has already had a front tyre replaced before Christmas after a huge crater tore the sidewall out of the front nearside boot. Yesterday she drove thirty miles to our Mazda dealer to have a rear shock absorber bush replaced, I can’t be sure it was a pothole wot dunnit but I think  its very likely!  The other hazard I came across today was the huge amount of loose stones and grit on the road; my neighbour found out the hard way yesterday when he had a home visit from Autoglass to repair the large chip in the windscreen of his nice new Landrover. If you get hit just click on the logo for help:

So the message is: keep a very sharp eye open for these huge potholes and avoid driving through large puddles at all costs, they can hold a very expensive surprise. At best you may need a new tyre, possibly a new wheel and certainly a suspension and tracking check to make sure there is no secondary damage. Secondly, keep your speed down and stay well clear of the car in front to save your bonnet and windscreen.  If the county councils don’t get their act together and start repairing our roads we could soon see more of this:

Finally, a really big pothole can be extremely dangerous and can cause major damage to your MX5. The situation around the country is now critical and if you need advice on how to claim damages, would like to report a pothole, or just want to know more about what is going on then visit Potholes.co.uk, its not as daft as it sounds:

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