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Dated: 09 March 2011

Pothole Problem Getting Deeper


There has been a lot of coverage recently about the state of British roads. After two harsh winters in a row, there seems to be no part of the country which hasn’t been hit by the pothole plague that is seemingly continuing to spread across the UK.

Unfortunately, the news isn’t getting better. Recent research set up by Warranty Direct in conjunction with their road maintenance campaign website, Potholes.co.uk, has revealed that around £3 million a day is being spent on car repairs thanks to the terrible state of the roads.

Potholes.co.uk got these figures after being allowed to analyse 150,000 of Warranty Direct’s policies over a three-year period.

It was discovered that of those who had made a claim, around 6% had suffered axle or suspension damage due to driving over potholes. The average cost to fix these problems was £312, but there were instances of individual bills in the region of £4,000.

In a recent press release, Duncan McClure Fisher, of Warranty Direct, said, “Unless something more is done soon, we’ll be faced with a road network that would be more at home in a Third World country.

“Whether it’s the cumulative effect of continuously driving on bad roads or the sudden jolting of a deep pothole which does the harm, our crumbling roads are costing motorists millions.”

“The recent council injection of £100 million will not solve matters. Councils need to wise up and get creative about how to address the problem.

“Back in December, we predicted that a gloomy combination of a very cold winter, huge underfunding and mediocre repairs to roads could potentially lead to the worst ever pothole season – unfortunately our forecast was largely correct.”

Perhaps the most common part of the car to suffer from potholes is the wheel and tyres. As these are the only part of the car in constant contact with the road, they are the most susceptible to suffering damage from potholes.

If you have come across a particularly dangerous stretch of road – due to the number or size of potholes – visit Potholes.co.uk.

Not only will they help you log the problematic section of road, so that other road users are aware, but they also have the contact details for all councils across the UK. Making it easier for you to make a claim or file a grievance against your local authority.

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