Mar 26, 2018
Hit a pothole this morning, and when I got home I noticed the above
Cars only done 500 miles
Roads are terrible at the moment. Surely something can be done so that we aren’t in this situation every 12 months after a spell of bad weather. Most of my drives out at the moment are like a slalom course around the local potholes.
Yeah, I’m in two minds whether or not to get the alloy repaired straight away. Hoping tyre will be okay, gonna take it to garage tomorrow and make sure it’s safe to drive
Next one knocking on my door asking for my vote and I'm askin' their 3-priorities an' if roads ain't one of 'em I'm not going to bother discussing and/or abusing 'em - just shutting the door.
Unfortunately I think the state of the roads has gone too far estimates have the repair costs to get the roads up to standards at tens of billions. Local authority council roads will end up in the worst state as they simply don't get the funding anymore from the government. Better get used to it everyone.
500 miles. That's sh1t. I hope im wrong but i think the tyre will be a right off. Any damage to the bead or sidewall is normally terminal.
I’m not sure that’s a pot hole. H0w exactly would that curb your alloy?
More likely you hit the curb.
Looks like a new tyre and alloy repair.
If it was “technically” a pothole, then claim off the council. You can do the claim on-line.
I don't agree Joe; with respect, we just need to prioritise. Take a look at some of the countries that suffered in the 1939-45 and you'll not see the same magnitude of problems we have here. Even the French and German's send their cars here for road (pot hole) testing, tsk...
Our political representatives, and that's all they are, need to be told where our priorities are and for sure looking after the roads of everyday road-users rather than the benefits of prison occupants, for example, is one place to start.
And just for example: the Stafford marathon was scheduled for last weekend (cancelled 'cos it was cold, tsk) and as 12-months previous ALL of the potholes and dropped grids on the route were repaired the week before...
So that maybe the answer, organise a local marathon...
Hopefully you'll not need a full refurbishment l had a similar mark on my S3 alloy and it didn't need a full refurbishment, because the problem with a full one is paint matching it to the rear
The roads in Bristol are shocking, they spend money on re-routing traffic into oneway systems and building miles and miles of bus/cycle lanes and put speed bumps everywhere but they neglect the basic road standard. Its a joke, theres a road by me that i will not drive down due to the state of the pot holes. Its a 20mph zone but you need to be in a Q5 and drive at 10mph max.
What about the dropped grids and or dropped manhole covers?
50-mtrs from the office front-door of our local MP, Amanda Milling; and yes, I have written, several times, and she has replied (Parliamentary paper and all 'cos they have to), yeah, right, but; is a darn big bas*a+d of a dropped grid and does she care? I doubt it! Been there 12-months and more, Amanda.
Ok, Amanda might be a tad more concerned were the dropped grid in Parliament Square, but close to the front door of her own offices.
I don't think she gives a cuss. She might the next time she'll be wanting my vote, however; and I'll be waiting...
Being an RS3 driving OAP does have its merits...
Defo a pothole. The rim protection on these tyres is really soft. By the look of it I’ve caught the edge of pothole, it’s cut straight through the tyre and hit alloy. That’s the drivers side front wheel, no chance of kerb collision with that wheel today
You should try driving on the M2 here in Kent. The near side lane both coast and London bound are full of potholes. Drivers swerve from lane to lane at 70 mph to dodge the holes and how motorcyclists manage I don’t know.
Unfortunately when budgets are tight road repairs fall down the priority list
Not enough people do it, but the more people who take the time to report pot holes on their local authority website the better chance there is of them getting fixed. I've had reasonable success in my area.
If a pot hole has been reported it also gives the next person a better chance of success in claiming for damage. But @Glasgoe Joe is right, budgets are dictating what's prioritised. Road repairs in the UK are on a downward spiral, even sections of motorways.
Until some fat slimy overpaid Councillor damages an alloy on his Bentley, then the pothole will get repaired.
This country has gone to sh!t.
I am up in Scotland and it’s a tale of which part of Scotland you live in and the political party for the area.
Take Glasgow and the rest of the Central Belt, fantastic roads, hundreds of millions of pounds spent in these areas and only because it’s an SNP stronghold.
Head up the East coast to Aberdeen and surrounding areas, it’s a nightmare. Problem is Aberdeen and the north east coast is Conservative stronghold, and receives the least amount of roads funding in the whole of Scotland.
I spend more time watching the tarmac in front of me than watching the road ahead.
It’s an absolute shambles and just last week my daughter lost a fight with a pothole which resulted her needing a new tyre due to severe sidewall damage, the front near side alloy on her new S3 is also damaged but repairable, only 2500mls on the clock, it just ain’t right.
Was looking to claim off the local council but I have discovered that Aberdeen City Council have not paid out a single penny in the past four years for tyre or alloy damage.
What chance have we got.
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The SNP ain’t doing sweet F ALL about potholes down here mate... the pothole I hit was on m8 Motorway in Glasgow. A737 is also a slalom
This thread is in danger of getting very political and I think we've always tried to avoid that! Having said that, in my experience it's always been the case that "you get what you pay for" and a visit to Scandinavia a year ago highlighted exactly that.
Small Claims Court is your friend. Council will settle rather than the greater cost of losing in court.
The way it generally works is, say a councils maintenance regime is inspecting a particular piece of road every 3 months and you hit a bad pothole which damages your car in between inspections (and it was fine at the prior inspection) and nobody else has officially reported the hole. You'll lose your claim if the court rules that 3 monthly inspections are reasonable. Whereas if it's been reported and they've not fixed it within a "reasonable" time then you'll win.
Freedom of information request from the council would give you info you require.
Until some gratuitous slimy councillor damages his tax funded Bentley, then watch the pothole get repaired. Budget restraints yes, but also gross corruption.
I don’t give a toss that it’s politics, enough is enough.
Hopefully should be able to be fixed without full recut. But then again, it’s a brand new alloy so would hope paint matching should be easy enough?
Need to swing past Audi body shop in morning and get them to check tyre and quote for repair... hopefully won’t be too expensive being that I just bought a 30k car from them, but then again it’s Audi
Tyre will be fine. My wife damaged one of my tyres and the alloy. Took it to Audi and they assessed it and said that the tyres have a reinforced wall and it would be fine. The damage was worse than yours. I never had any issues with it although people will definitely say you need to replace it. Just to let you know all of the damage on the alloy was repaired and you wouldn’t of even of known it had happened apart from the tyre.
I don’t see how you can have a pothole so large that it curbs the alloy and takes a chunk off the tyre. I am sorry. Show me one and Ill accept I am wrong but considering the distance from the outer wheel to the alloy is more than a few mm I don’t accept that.
Not to say I don’t agree about the potholes - there are ridiculous and dangerous but they are more likely to cause a puncture or a bent alloy. Not a curbed one.
I'm sure then OP ain't lying to be fair.
Without doubt some of the potholes near here were large diameter and 4 - 6 inches deep in could've "kerbed" alloys no problem.
Whilst I appreciate council budgets are tighter than ever, there are still areas of inefficiency where wasted funds could be better used for other things such as road maintenance.
Watch "Across Flanders" cycle race today on SKY, 181km across Flanders and to include lots of Belgian pave/cobblestones - and I don't think I noticed one pothole, and I was looking. Road repairs a plenty, there were, but all looked 'smooth' in repair from one surface to the next. And not one dropped grid! Even the pave looked in good repair - could sure teach Staffordshire County Council a thing or two, if only Staffordshire to get to Belgian pave/cobble standards.
And I guess Belgium has a similar winter to ours.
And best not mention the wars where almost everything was destroyed, twice.
Worth watching an international cycling road race; maybe we ought to tell our councillors and Mp's to take a look and explain the reasons why the condition of our roads are so inferior - and that's putting it nicely...
Like every bus lane and cycle lane they decide to implement.... at least around here we spend millions on these things and they are just not utilised enough to be worth it. I really don't think that adding bus lanes will get people out of cars into buses and half of the cycle lanes are stupid anyway as they immediately vanish because the road wasn't big enough to do it properly.
I remember a few years back, when I commuted in and out of Edinburgh, there was a bus strike and everyone took to their cars. It was the easiest journey home I'd had. Simple fact is, the bus lanes are generally empty forcing cars into less lanes and when the bus lanes end it's the buses causing the congestion. But that day the cars could use all lanes and flowed better.
Unfortunately it’s not worth my life wandering into the outside lane of a motorway to get a picture for you.
Are you really saying you’ve never seen a pothole that’s at least 3/4” deep? If so, I’m moving to wherever you live!
The rim protection on these tyres is very soft compared to the conti sports on my last one. If I push the rim proctor toward the tyre, it sits very close to the alloy, now combine that with a cut in the protector...
If you have holes that big where you are then I’m amazed you still have a wheel that can be driven on!
There are plenty here in london. And often you don’t see them until the last moment because the person in front on 14 inch wheels drives over them just fine!
As for your wheel if it’s just a cut then it’s fine. The protector is there for that reason. The damage to the alloy is annoying but maybe I would hold off on repairs until they fill in all these pot holes. They are a result of the snow and cold weather and once they are fixed then I’d do it. Nothing worse than repairing it and doing it again.
I did kerb my passenger front alloy and luckily it’s not diamond cut so smart repair can sort it out. And it’s not particularly bad or obvious but even I’m holding off until the roads are sorted because I think the odds are I’m going to catch a wheel somewhere while the roads are so bad (although more likely from swerving to avoid a pot hole and catching the kerb than from the actual hole!).
You can definitely do damage like that in a pothole. A pothole is not actually defined by the council (and therefore not repaired) until it’s 25mm deep.
Of course they repair the roads for big sporting events like that. We have the women’s tour cycle race round here and the actual course is fine. Ditto the local roads leading to Silverstone circuit in the summer, and all the litter picked up the week before.
Yeah, like others I'm absolutely fed up of potholes; these days, I seem to spend more time looking at the road surface than the road ahead.
I complained to Highways England last month after hitting a huge pothole in the road works on the Cheshire stretch of the M6. It made such a bang that I had to stop at Knutsford and check for damage. Luckily there wasn't any apparent damage although I've just had two unusual cracks appear out of nowhere at the side of my windscreen so it has got me wondering. I got the usual generic reply from them advising me that they were aware and would be closing the road at night for repairs.
@jassyo06 where did you get yours done?
Audi bodyshop in hillington don’t do touch ups, only full refurb
Wheel specialist in cumbernauld as they are only £80 plus vat the one in East Kilbride is £100 plus vat
Pothole repaired in one week....
You're never going fast enough in London to damage them! Always stuck in traffic!
Lmfao. That's a hole alright.
Just to add to the rants about potholes, the roads in my area look like Swiss Cheese.
Fixmystreet.co.uk is a great way to report them and it goes directly off to the council. The nice part about it is you can pinpoint geographically on a map exactly where it was, and it will send those coordinates to the council.
My biggest gripe is, the useless t0ssers that the council contracts this work out to must use playdough to fill the holes in, because 6-12 weeks after they've been filled in, whatever they've used is just ripped off again.
Oh and also, its been proven that its cheaper to resurface an entire stretch of road than fill in individual potholes. Yet the council won't do that as they don't have the numbers, and they've got what appears to be a 20 year backlog of holes to fill in as a result of a severe lack of infrastructure investment over those two decades!
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