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    Grin Scotland Worst for Pothole Damage

    Scotland and northern England have the bumpiest roads in Britain, according to an insurer.

    A study of claims for axle or suspension damage found 14% of cars in Ayrshire fell victim to potholes in any given year.

    Five of the 10 worst-rated areas were in Scotland while four were in northern England.

    Warranty Direct said pothole damage was costing UK drivers £413m a year, or £1.1m each day.

    Andy Benny lives in Straiton in Ayrshire.

    He told BBC Radio Scotland residents have just had to learn to deal with the potholes - one in particular which is seven inches deep.

    He said: "Obviously to steer around it I would have to drive on the opposite side of the road.

    "Either that or drive up and down the pavement because there's no way on this earth you can miss it.

    "If there's something coming towards you it's 'hey ho, away we go'.

    "Now the people in the village know where the potholes are, because they have been here so long. So what we try to do is avoid them."

    Warranty Direct managing director Duncan McLure Fisher said there was a clear "north-south divide" in claim rates.
    SUSPENSION FAILURE RATES
    # Ayrshire - 14.05%
    # Northumberland - 13.84%
    # Renfrewshire - 13.58%
    # Angus - 13.36%
    # County Durham - 13.07%
    # Aberdeenshire - 11.6%
    # North Yorkshire - 11.21%
    # Warwickshire - 10.56%
    # Lanarkshire - 10.48%
    # Tyne and Wear - 10.23%

    "Either continuous driving over cracked or uneven road surfaces, or the sudden jolting of a deep pothole, can cause damage to shock absorbers, springs, upper and lower arms and stabiliser bars," he said.

    "This appears to be happening more in Scotland than anywhere else.

    "Whether this is due to colder weather causing more northern roads to crack or just poor maintenance, it seems to underline a clear difference in the condition of highways across the country."

    The lowest claim rate was in Oxfordshire where only 4% of cars suffered similar failures.

    The average claim for repairs was £240, but some damage cost £2,710 to put right.




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    Cold weather is basically what causes pot holes.

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    Yes, roads truly are terrible in Scotland. I first made this discovery back at boarding school, the road leading up to our school was in such ill repair that a whale could have swum in the holes.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
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    Pot holes
    We motorists in the usa have some terrible pot holes too. But what was worse than the pot holes were the holes in the bridge floor. I used to drive into St. Louis every day, and since I was new in the area I asked a local person why that big piece of metal was placed on the bridge floor. I asked what was under it. She replied there was nothing under it, just the river. It was large enough for a small car to easily drop through it. I thought that was very scary. So there are things that are even worse than pot holes.
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    Holes in roads are one of the signs of an uncivilised country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fortress Germania View Post
    Holes in roads are one of the signs of an uncivilised country.
    Which makes the German-speaking area (Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, etc.) probably the most civilised countries on the globe. I'm not even sure we have a word for potholes.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
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    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

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    What a bunch of whiners in Scotland. Come to Western Pennsylvania where you rattle and bang down interstate highways. Can't avoid going over all the potholes but we do our best to miss the "tank traps." I just had to replace an inner tie rod and get a relalignment after going into a pothole going 20 mph that I didn't see in the dark. If you want to ride a bicycle around the city of Pittsburgh, you need a dirt bike rather than a road bike. Potholes are not just caused by cold weather, it is the wild temperature swings that are part of our continental climate. The repeated freezing and thawing exacerbates water breaking up soil when it expands from a liquid to solid ice. On top of that, there is something about our yellow clay soil that makes it worse unlike the red clay soil of Virginia and North Carolina.

    Perhaps its worse on the Scots because they have smaller cars over there.

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    I'm quite used to pot holes. In Kentucky & Ohio, we have a lot of them. The worst places seem to be in the ghetto, but I try to stay away from the ghetto as much as possible, anyway.

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