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National pot hole day 2017

National pot hole day 2017

Who knew there was such a thing!? Today, Monday 16th January 2017 is National Pot Hole Day sponsored by Halfords Autocentre. The UK’s road infrastructure is still suffering serious neglect. With the backlog for repairs increasing and maintenance budgets being slashed, they have listened to us; the road user and the general consensus is that it is definitely needed. Thanks to research and raised awareness from campaigns such as this one that gives us a voice, experts now know that the UK’s road infrastructure is deteriorating faster than it can be repaired.

Budget seems to be the biggest issue standing in the way of this being put right. ‘Councils in Essex need more cash to fix potholes’ say experts. Across Britain, the bill could top £14 Billion within 2 years. But could it also be the people who we trust to put it right? A Stanway councillor has received a slap on the wrist for reporting potholes too many times! One of the pot holes in question is on a main and very busy road therefore creating a significant risk to the public. ‘I keep getting a lot of different information depending on who I speak to. It has been painted orange which their guidelines say means it should be dealt with within five days.’ Three weeks later and no change. The councillor has since been told it was painted the wrong colour and should be purple meaning it is of low priority! Could it all be a cover up to avoid fixing the problem?

So what are the after effects of hitting a big black hole?

The damage a pot hole can cause to a vehicle can be devastating and end up costing you a lot of money in repairs. From a cracked windscreen to suspension issues it’s always worth seeing if a claim can be made as after all, the roads should not be in this poor a condition.

How can you prevent damage?

Ply lining your van can make it a hell of a lot sturdier and resistant to dents and damage from impact. It creates a stronger, more resilient shell

-A dashboard cam could capture the pot hole on camera and the impact at which it damaged the vehicle helping you later down the line when putting in for a claim

Internal racking including ply wood and metal Sortimo options will ensure whatever you carry on a day to day basis will stay in order in the rear of your van and not end up spread across the floor after a big bump

-Good exterior lighting will help you spot pot holes lurking in the dark

-If you choose the DIY installation process for your Rhino Roof Accessories ensure they are installed correctly with our online fitting instructions to avoid movement when hitting a pot hole.

Is there a particular pot hole that gets you every day on your way to work? Click here to report it and hopefully something will be done! – http://www.streetrepairs.co.uk/#report

Tweet us your pot hole locations using the #nationalpotholeday

Paul Randall
Paul Randall
2024-03-14
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Tim Lees
Tim Lees
2024-02-20
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Richard Shepherd
Richard Shepherd
2024-01-17
I highly recommend Lee, Dave and the Team at Vehicle Accessories after they did a fantastic job for a one off bespoke van fit for my business. I approached them with a rather radical high concept idea, Dave did a great job taking notes from my extensive brief. He made a great effort to listen and take notes along the way making sure he understood and made suggestions for materials which really led to a much better end product. A particular highlight was a suggestion for them to fabricate a wall mounted Steal Mesh cage system for my equipment which far exceeded my expectations of quality and engineering. During the planning stage and construction suggestions were made to change materials and systems for what they thought would work better for the project as it developed. The end product was perfect and done to a very high standard, it really turned out better than I ever hoped for. Communication throughout was excellent with regular updates, fast responses and easy dialogue when confirming details or discussing changes. Changes were managed quickly and efficiently throughout the build with a great deal of flexibility and professionalism. Even though I was just having just one bespoke build being done for myself I felt highly valued as a customer and treated with the same level of respect and attentiveness as someone ordering a fleet. The quality of work and customer service will certainly mean I’ll be coming back for my next van project.
Philip Taylor Ashby
Philip Taylor Ashby
2023-12-26
Lee and his helpful staff sorted my lock problem that made it easy to break in or steal and at there Christmas closing time🙏, friendly helpful and reasonable thank you all.
Mark Elliott
Mark Elliott
2023-05-23
Great choice of equipment to fit and all done efficiently. They have designed and fitted racking to 75 vehicle for us in the last year.
Ross Thomson
Ross Thomson
2023-05-20
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Andrew Young
Andrew Young
2023-04-13
What can say.... the order process was simple, prices competitive and when it was realised that I had ordered 2 incompatible parts I got a call to check and recify the order. Collection was easy and the install team did a quick, neat job. Job done....until next time thank you
Annie Meadows
Annie Meadows
2023-02-28
Dave, Lee and the team at VA moved crates from my old van to a new one. Easy to communicate with, quick turn around, met all my requests, made good suggestions (such as putting in a waterproof floor) and did an excellent job. Highly recommend.
miles leech
miles leech
2022-12-22
Big thanks to Dave and the rest of the Vehicle Accessories team. They've done a great job fitting security locks and a floor in my new van. They also moved over my racking and interior lights from my previous van while going out of there way to make it all fit. Excellent service, very efficient and professional. Highly recommended and nice people to deal with. Thanks Miles Ashton Gas


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