Before we detail how potholes can damage cars, lefts break down how these nuisances are formed.
Potholes appear when water gets between small holes and cracks in the road surface. In the winter, ice will form and expand in the cracks, making them broader and deeper. Once the ice has thawed, it will refreeze and keep doing this until drier weather. As more vehicles drive across it, the area becomes displaced, increasing the damage to the road over time.
There are estimated to be 1.7 million potholes in the UK, with local councils repairing one every 19 seconds. They are continuously patched up, and it is only a matter of time before more will form in other parts of the road surface. It seems in British weather, we are fighting a losing battle against potholes.
Last year, the AA reported 1,766 pothole-related accidents, so it is essential to know their dangers to drivers and vehicles.