In a recent poll by road safety charity, IAM, thirty per cent of respondents said they have experienced damage to their vehicle as a result of hitting a pesky pothole, and 16 per cent of those surveyed had either seen or been involved in an accident due to a pothole.

To make matters worse, a recent report by found that motorists spent £473 million to repair damage to wheels and tyres caused by potholes in the past year – now that is a shocker!

Bearing this in mind, Kahnnews gives you some sure start tips – so you can avoid and deal with potholes, and if by chance, your car is damaged, you can actually make a claim for damage caused.

Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front so that you can see the road surface before you drive or ride on it.

Avoid suddenly pulling out to avoid a hole – you might discover that there is a motorcyclist trying to get past you, or encounter an oncoming vehicle. Bikers and cyclists need to look well ahead and change direction early so they actually have time to deal with the holes, and so that their movements don't cause surprise to other road users.

If you do hit a pothole accidentally, make a point of checking your tyres once you've stopped. Check the inner as well as the outer tyre wall, which may have been damaged as a result. If any damage is evident and you are intent on making a claim - gather evidence as long as it's safe to do so. Take photographs, measure the width and depth of the pothole and note anything else about it, such as its position on a blind corner, whether it was hidden from view.

Report the pothole on the web site and to the relevant council or highways agency – alerting the relevant authorities and helping fellow motorists will do you no harm, especially is you are intent on making a claim.

Potholes tend to reappear in the same place again and again as previous repairs fail – remember where you saw one and expect it to be there again.

You can submit a Freedom of information request to your local council or highways agency to find out how often the road is inspected and maintained. If your claim is rejected under section 58 of the Highways Act, don't panic – this is to be expected and not the end of the story.

For more information on making a claim visit: the following link