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South Africa is a wonderful one-of-a-kind country with its own unique risks. One of the biggest irritations for motorists - and one of the most damaging to cars - is the dreaded pothole. The South African Automobile Association estimates that about 60% of South Africa's roads are potholed or are in need of maintenance. This means that for every 100km you drive, about 60 of those kilometres will be on a road that puts your car at risk.
A pothole is formed when water seeps down below the road surface and freezes, loosening the asphalt. When the water thaws and more rain falls on the weak spot - plus heavy traffic - the asphalt eventually cracks. Just like that, a big hole awaits your poor car.
Here are our safety tips for preventing damage to your car, wheels and tyres.
How to steer clear of potholes:
How potholes can cause damage and the warning signs to watch out for
Potholes are not just unkind to your tyres but could have an affect on various parts of your vehicle:
You've hit a pothole - now what?
So to sum up - potholes will never go away but adequate short-term insurance will provide peace of mind and the absolute certainty of cover in all events. No matter how carefully you drive, sadly the chances are very good that you will hit a hole at some stage.
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