Roads in metropolitan areas often deteriorate faster than in rural areas for several reasons - The Solihull Observer

Roads in metropolitan areas often deteriorate faster than in rural areas for several reasons

Solihull Editorial 18th Jul, 2023   0

Megacities typically have many cars and other vehicles that use the roads. Intense traffic puts a lot of stress on the road surface, which can cause it to deteriorate quickly.

Traffic jams and maneuvers

In metropolitan areas, traffic jams and frequent vehicle maneuvers such as stopping and turning can cause additional damage to roads. Frequent braking and acceleration can also lead to potholes and cracks.

Heavy machinery and trucks

Cities tend to have a higher concentration of heavy machinery and trucks used for various construction and commercial operations. This can also cause road damage, especially in areas where heavy trucks pass through.

Weather conditions and climate

In metropolitan areas, weather conditions can be more extreme or variable, which can have a negative impact on pavement. Freezing temperatures, snowfall, rain, and high temperatures can cause roads to crack and deteriorate.




Inadequate maintenance and repair

In some cases, due to the sheer size and complexity of road infrastructure in metropolitan areas, road repairs and maintenance can be inadequate. This can lead to the accumulation of damage and deterioration of roads over time.

All these factors together contribute to faster deterioration of roads in megacities compared to rural areas. However, many cities are taking steps to regularly maintain and repair roads to minimize damage and improve road safety and comfort.


If you hit a hole without proper cushioning, the car can lose control, especially at high speed. Shock absorbers reduce the likelihood of loss of control as they help keep the vehicle stable when driving over bumps in the road.

But, making your ride more comfortable can be helped by shock absorbers. When a vehicle travels over an uneven road surface, the wheels are subjected to vertical vibrations. If there were no shock absorbers, these vibrations would be transmitted directly to the body of the car and the passengers, resulting in excessive discomfort.

Shock absorbers help maintain vehicle stability and control when driving through potholes. They reduce wobbles and vibrations that can affect handling and help maintain better wheel traction.

Properly functioning shock absorbers can protect other vehicle components from damage that can occur when driving over potholes. For example, they can reduce the risk of damage to the suspension, tires, rims and other components that can be affected when driving through potholes.

In addition, shock absorbers when placed can affect the safety of the car. A suspension with good shock absorbers allows for better traction, improving the handling and stability of the vehicle. This is especially important during emergency maneuvers or when driving on slippery pavement.

It is important to note that well-functioning and serviceable shock absorbers are key to effective suspension performance and safety on potholes. Regular maintenance of your vehicle and checking the condition of your shock absorbers can help keep them in good working order and keep you safe when driving over rough roads.

The pavement may be better maintained depending on climatic conditions and the level of road maintenance. However, in general, a pavement can be most stable and durable under the following conditions:

In dry and warm weather, without frequent precipitation, the road surface can better maintain its strength and integrity. The absence of moisture and water reduces the risk of cracking and damage.

It is important to note that the road surface is always subject to wear and tear over time. Various factors such as traffic volume, loads and climatic conditions can affect the durability of a pavement. Proper maintenance and regular repairs are important measures to maintain and improve the condition of the road surface, regardless of the season.

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