The RAC has attended over 14,000 breakdowns relating to potholes over the past 12 months!


The RAC has revealed after looking at their breakdown data, that car damage caused by potholes has doubled in just 12 years.

According to the RAC, during the past twelve months the organisation has attended more than 14,000 breakdowns relating to potholes.

The biggest problems the RAC have to deal with are beat-up tyres, broken springs, buckled wheels and popped shock absorbers.

The RAC has attended over 14,000 breakdowns relating to potholes over the past 12 months!

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This figure from just one year’s callouts represents 1.5% of their total workload in the same period and turns out to be the second-highest figure since the organisation started looking at data back in 2006. In both 2015 and 2017, the highest figure stood at 1.6 percent.

The RAC’s long-term indicator known as the Pothole Index keeps an eye on the condition of roads in the UK and this currently shows a much higher standing compared to the same period in 2017 – 2.63 compared to 2.38 at the end of last year.

What this confirms is that drivers are more than 2.5 times more likely to break down because of a pothole in the road compared to 12 years ago.

And these findings by the RAC tally with the public’s dissatisfaction about the condition of the UK road network, as potholes were named the top botheration for drivers in the 2018 RAC Report on Motoring.

According to the report, two-thirds of motorists in the UK believe the condition of local roads has worsened over the past 12 months.

RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: “There is little doubt local road conditions in many parts of the country are sub-standard and have been so for quite some time.”

Back in March, another £100m was made available to local authorities to help them with pothole repairs and damage caused by the storms experienced this year in the UK but according to the RAC this is nowhere near enough, as the Asphalt Industry Alliance reported that there’s a maintenance backlog of more than £9.3 billion – their estimate of what is needed as a one-off investment to turn local roads back into a state of good repair.


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