Car crashes caused by potholes have skyrocketed as millions of Britons get back at the wheel after months of being locked out of their cars.
Motorists are facing ever more misery as pothole incidents hit a three-year high, new figures show.
An average of 27 cars break down every day as wet weather wreaks havoc on Britain’s terrible roads.
The RAC revealed today that there are more than 10,000 incidents caused each year to mark National Vault Day.
Potholes caused hundreds of springs to break, wheels to dent and shock absorbers to fail last year – a 10 per cent increase from two years ago.
Potholes often appear during the colder, wetter winter months as water enters cracks in the road, freezing at low temperatures and causing more damage.
According to the RAC’s pothole index, Britons are now 1.5 times more likely to be damaged by a pothole than six years ago.
Research for the RAC Report on Driving shows that the condition and maintenance of local roads is by far the top driver concern in regards to driving.
Last year, nearly half of respondents (46%) said local sugar quality was an issue, up from 38% a year earlier.
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They urged ministers to give local councils the funding they needed to patch up the nation’s roads – saying a one-time purchase was not enough and it had to be cash with a barrier.
RAC’s head of road policy, Nicholas Lyes, said of the news: “Glazed roads are a threat, not a mere nuisance – they can cause thousands of pounds of damage. Unnecessarily harms a driver’s vehicles, makes our road use uncomfortable and can pose a serious road safety hazard to anyone on two wheels.
“It’s almost entirely avoidable if the roads are properly maintained.
“With motorists contributing so much in taxes to the Government, what they deserve at least are roads fit for purpose.”
Longer-term and consistent investment in local road maintenance is needed so councils can embark on widespread improvements to our much-needed roads.
LGA transport spokesman David Renard
The Local Government Association found that annual funding for more than 9.5 million pothole repairs was taken from the UK council budget.
LGA transport spokesman David Renard said: “More consistent and long-term investment is needed in local road maintenance so councils can embark on widespread improvements to these vital roads. our need.”
Experts predict that it will take around £10 billion over a decade to get all the fraught roads back to normal.
A DfT spokesperson said: “The Government is providing more than £5 billion in investment to this parliament for motorway maintenance to local motorway authorities across the UK.
“This is enough to fill millions of potholes every year, repair dozens of bridges, restore the country’s up and down roads.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8203087/potholes-drivers-uk-cars-lockdown-record-breakdowns/ Woe to motorists as pothole-related incidents reach three-year high