Dec 102015
 

With potholes estimated to cause as many as 1 in 10 mechanical failures on UK roads and costing motorists an estimated £730 million every year, Potholes.co.uk has been created to help you avoid the cost and misery they cause thanks to Warranty Direct.

The website can provide information advising how to make a claim against a local council regarding pothole damage to your car or if you just want to report a poor piece of road. With access to similar stories and related news, Potholes.co.uk aims to help motorists fight back against this road misery.

You can also follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook page where the latest stories regarding pothole disasters and triumphs are shared. Here’s a selection of recently shared news stories.

County Council trials new technology for tackling potholes – Harrogate Informer

 

 

 

 

 

With new technology and processes being investigated to help tackle pothole repairs, the Harrogate Informer focuses on one new technology being trialled across the Harrogate district. The Velocity Jet Patcher is designed to fill potholes much faster than conventional methods. The process takes only a couple of minutes for each hole with no excavation, no waste materials and the filled hole ready to drive on immediately. Promising technology at work….

Potholes: the scourge of cyclists returns for the winter – Cycling Weekly

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Winter upon us, Cycling Weekly advises the best course of action to deal with potholes this season. Potholes can prove deadly to cyclists if avoiding them forces them out into the road and being hit by other vehicles. Although it’s hard to predict where a pothole might occur on a cyclist’s travels, there are a few things riders can do to reduce incidents or injuries attributed to potholes.

More than 45,000 potholes repaired across Worcestershire – in just 18 MONTHS – Worchester News

Worcestershire County Council have revealed that they repaired 45,000 potholes in just 18 months. Since April 2014, highway workers have patched around 83 potholes every day. Another 15,000 are due to be completed by next year.

To see more stories from the world of potholes, you can follow Potholes.co.uk’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Dec 012014
 

The Honda HR-V is the SUV most likely to keep you on the road during the approaching winter period, according to a new study by Warranty Direct.

SUVs and 4x4s now claim 11% of the market – up from 4.5 per cent in 2000* – as motorists are attracted by better ground clearance and a more commanding driving position. However, they do not always live up to their reputation for ruggedness.

Warranty Direct analysed its 50,000 live policies, using the Company’s unique Reliability Index (www.reliabilityindex.com) to measure overall reliability by combining rate of failure, average mileage, age and repair cost.

Honda’s HR-V (99-06) performed significantly better than other SUVs, with only one in 10 recording a fault in the last 12 months. The Suzuki Jimny was second most reliable in the sector, with one in five suffering a breakdown each year.

While the average SUV repair bill is £420, Warranty Direct reports that costs can soar as high as £16,000.

Top 10 Rated 4×4/SUVs
(A lower Reliability Index rating means the vehicle is more reliable and less expensive to run)

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The 10 best performing SUVs are dominated by Japanese and Korean manufacturers, although Swedish manufacturer Volvo is cheapest to fix, with the lowest ‘largest claim’ cost of the top 10.

At the other end of the scale, the Mercedes-Benz GL is the least reliable of the off-roaders, with eight in 10 breaking down each year. The Audi Q7 and Audi A6 Allroad are not far behind in a list populated mostly by European manufacturers.

Bottom 5 rated 4×4/SUVs
(A higher Reliability Index rating means the vehicle is less reliable and more expensive to run)

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Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said: “The SUV market segment has developed significantly in recent years. In comparison to some other vehicles, they are fairly expensive to run but our study shows that there are reliable SUVs available which are not too costly.

“An SUV vehicle is most definitely the transport of choice for motorists during winter; not only is the driving position more commanding, but they are more likely to withstand challenging conditions.”

Warranty Direct cover starts from as little as £15 a month. For more information on the reliability of your vehicle, visit www.reliabilityindex.com, or for a quote on cover www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

Nov 182014
 

As winter draws in with the threat of frost, snow and torrential rain, motorists may decide that their front or rear wheel drive vehicle no longer cuts the mustard. Statistics show that increasing numbers are opting to tackle the roads in an SUV, attracted by greater ground clearance and a more commanding driving position for on and off-road adventures.

Though the popularity of SUVs is showing no signs of waning, they do not always live up to their reputations for ruggedness. Many come fitted with complex all-wheel drive systems and fragile electrics that won’t stand up to daily use, let alone excursions over brutal terrains.

Warranty Direct can assign any car with a Reliability Index (RI) score. This applies a formula to measure overall reliability by looking at rate of failure, average mileage, age and repair cost. The lower the RI number, the better a car is.

Here, Warranty Direct has identified the most reliable SUVs that should provide their owners with minimal hassle over the winter months. Some repair bills on SUVs have spiralled to an eye-watering £16,000, so it is important to pick one that won’t get stuck in the mud.

1. Honda HR-V (99-06)
RI Score: 38
Average repair: £305.15
Largest claim: £1,587.91

Hondas typically perform well in Warranty Direct’s reliability surveys, and the quirky HR-V is no exception. If you can’t wait for the new model, a used one should provide you with dependable motoring as well as the option of four-wheel drive.

2. Suzuki Jimny (98-)
RI Score: 48
Average repair: £233.77
Largest claim: £829.87

It may have been around for what seems like an age, but Suzuki’s mini SUV scores highly for simplicity and reliability. The Jimny’s Select 4×4 system enables the driver to switch between front and four wheel drive for genuine off-road ability.

3. Suzuki Grand Vitara (05-)
RI Score: 54
Average repair: £312.14
Largest claim: £1,374.40

The current generation Grand Vitara is not long for this world with a replacement just round the corner, but it is consistently reliable as well as being stylish to look at and well-equipped in a choice of a 3- or 5-door bodystyles.

4. Honda CR-V (07-)
RI Score: 58
Average repair: £355.11
Largest claim: £1,602.34

Another strong performance from the Honda stable, the CR-V crossover is an attractive and accomplished all-rounder with a versatile interior. Mechanically it is consistently dependable across the board.

5. Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin (99-06)
RI Score: 68
Average repair: £391.45
Largest claim: £978.41

The smallest Mitsubishi SUV is also the most reliable, beating its bigger brothers the Shogun and the L200. A strong engine and excellent ventilation system make a case for this as a compact off-roader for all seasons.

6. Nissan Terrano (93-07)
RI Score: 72
Average repair: £215.39
Largest claim: £854.55

The veteran Terrano gave Nissan 14 years of loyal service and it’ll do even more for its loyal owners. The robust suspension and steering is ideal for motorists needing a proper workhorse.

7. Nissan X-Trail (07-)
RI Score: 73
Average repair: £338.38
Largest claim: £3,161.33#

Just behind the Terrano is another Nissan with the X-Trail putting in a strong showing across the board, in particular for the reliability of its engine, steering and gearbox. The chunky styling looks great, too.

8. Volvo XC60 (08-)
RI Score: 74
Average repair: £282.04
Largest claim: £773.92

The lifestyle choice, the Volvo XC60 adds a dash of brand kudos and boasts an unparalleled reputation for safety and interior quality. Outstanding mechanical reliability and low repair costs make it a real contender.

9. Citroën C-Crosser
RI Score: 80
Average repair: £368.84
Largest claim: £1,753.22

The big Citroën shares its mechanicals with the Mitsubishi Outlander and Peugeot 4007 but our statistics show it is the most reliable of the trio. Owners will appreciate the proven components which give little cause for complaint.

10. Hyundai Tuscon
RI Score: 81
Average repair: £260.15
Largest claim: £1,201.67

The Tuscon was one of the first cars of Hyundai’s renaissance, offering a good value and practical choice as well as upholding the brand’s reputation for being reliable. It doesn’t give cause for alarm in any area and should be affordable to repair.