Councils warned of pothole dangers

Councils have been urged to take "swift action" in repairing damaged roads, with a survey revealing that potholes have caused an accident or a near miss to half of motorists.

The survey by GEM (Guild of Experienced Motorists) Motoring Assist revealed that around 70% of drivers never reported a pothole to their local council.

Nine in 10 people believed their council had not done enough to repair damaged roads after the recent cold spell wreaked havoc on road surfaces.

Despite several drivers suffering from pothole damage, only 5% had made a claim against their local council.

Around 88% were unaware of the procedures for making a claim, while others did not know that they could make a claim.

GEM chief executive David Williams said: "Often motorists will not spot a pothole until it is too late and they either swerve out of the way, which could result in a crash, or cause damage to their car.

"Local councils need to take swift action in alleviating this nationwide problem but it is also important for motorists to play their part in reporting potholes to local councils. Potholes are not simply just a nuisance they are a massive road safety issue."

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