The talk of increasing numbers of potholes on Isle of Wight roads won’t be news to you if you’ve driven around the Island since December’s snow.
When water gets in existing cracks between and underneath road tarmac, then freezes, the resultant ice is larger, so forces the road surface to break up.
(Like our nearly-Isle of Wight pothole picture?)
Damage to cars can be significant. Back in January 2010, VB reader Jill Dennis shared her experience and photos of damage to her car, showing a severe dents to both her front and rear alloy wheels, caused by a pothole near Whiteley Bank.
Huge increase of Island claims
The BBC has been investigating claims made against local councils for damage to vehicles.
The IW council has seen the number of claims made in 2009/10 by Island road users increase over two and a half times, from 157 to 419.
The council added that the amount paid out remained roughly the same.
If you come across a pothole, VB wrote an article last year on how to report them.