So many questions and observations...i'll try to answer via the means of multi-quote and dance!
How much of the improvement is due to the tyres and how much to having got the tracking sorted?
I had the tracking checked at last MOT and it was deemed to be fine. In the last 3 months or so, I noticed a pull (non biased) and put it down to the ruts in the roads near me. The Firestones never really got the chance to be properly tested but, even when the tracking was ok, the ride felt very hard. The new tyres give a much softer, but planted feel to the ride
Stan, as ambulance crew do you find the potholes a problem and would you consider reporting them?
In all honesty, Tony, although we're on the road all the time, we don't have time to pinpoint bad potholes: en-route to jobs we are usually looking out for other drivers and then en-route to hospital we are mostly doing paperwork and looking after the patient. Whoever is driving will probably warn of imminent bumps and stuff, but there's that much going on that it would be impracticable to report on road conditions. We honestly don't have time to make these types of reports. If we see a set of traffic-lights out, or anything that would cause imminent traffic problems, then we'll report that sort of thing to our control room
Extra edit: Speed bumps are the bain of our working lives. More often than not, we are on a housing estate with speed bumps every 20 yards. If that patient is in a workable peri/cardiac arrest, the speed humps severely impinge on our ability to treat, en-route to hospital, as the crew in the back of the truck are stood up and being thrown about, despite the skills of the person driving.
Some councils have stopped looking at pothole reporting sites.
Because if they don't know about the potholes they cannot be held liable for damage.
Never been a fan of Avon tyres personally.
Symon, I agree that Highways have absolution for unreported potholes. However, the 7 inch deep potholes on my street were reported and investigated last summer. Over the winter they were made better by an engineer who sprayed white squares around them. A month later they arranged for the local gravel yard to come and empty a truck load of small stones in various holes, hoping that it would temporarily fix the issue....People stopped complaining about the holes and started complaining about all the scratched paintwork on their cars. Once all the gravel had been dispersed, the holes returned and tyres, wheels and souls were destroyed.
I've never had Avons before, but I can honestly say that they are a more comfortable and stickier ride than the Firestones
We're all with you Stan, is Lancashire that bad, where were the tyres worn?
Cheers Duemila, Yes, Lancashire's roads are friggin abysmal. On the plus side, they have invested in some machines that can fix approximately 20+ small holes a day. Whether or not they can make permanent repairs, remains to be seen.
Both tyres were worn on the inside - one was down to the cord, and the other one not illegal, but not far off.
Here's an example of one of my Facebook posts, last week:
you know the day is going to be a long one when, on arrival at hospital and opening the back doors of the truck, the patient's first words are " your driving is ****ing ****! ".
Apart from being a 60+year old knob, the patient did not know that i was driving between 20 and 30 mph in a 60 limited road, knowing that the condition of the road surface was crap (plus bends and stuff) , and knowing that I had at least 8 cars tailing me, all of them probably getting very frustrated.
I wish I'd have told the patient all this, but meh, we're not allowed and i just had to suck it up.