Potholes 'causing vehicle damage'

Motorists are calling for a solution to the problem of potholes, as they are being forced to negotiate an average of 13 ruts on their standard daily route, a new study has found.

According to a survey by Autoglass, nearly three in 10 (27%) of drivers hit upon 20 potholes each journey.

Around 45% of motorists claim that they have either had an accident or near miss due to the bad road conditions, while eight in 10 are worried they might have an accident due to a pothole.

The problems usually caused by potholes include suspension issues, which have affected 39% of drivers, burst tyres (35%), chipped windscreens (20%) and paintwork damage (17%).

The study also found that each motorist is forced to spend an average of £220 on pothole-related car repairs - leading to a total of nearly £3.7 billion a year.

A clear temporary road sign warning or fluorescent markings around bad potholes will be favoured by as many as 98% of motorists, the survey found.

Some 45% of drivers are concerned that nothing is being done about potholes, with 31% reckoning the problem is only going to get worse.

Autoglass managing director Nigel Doggett said: "It's incredible and very alarming that so many drivers have had an accident or experienced vehicle damage as a result of the treacherous driving conditions."

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