Drivers warned as UK roads in pothole crisis -claims for damage rocket

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RAC members suffered a total of 10,123 breakdowns for broken suspension springs, distorted wheels and damaged shock absorbers through last year, 10 percent more than in 2019 (9,198) and 19 percent more than in 2020 (8,524).

The RAC says drivers are more than one-and-a-half times more likely to break down after hitting a pothole today than they were in 2006.

Mr Lyes added: “Inevitably we have plenty of cold weather still to come this winter and we fear that by the spring the number of drivers running into problems will rise even further. Not getting our roads into a decent shape is simply storing up more problems – and more expense – for the future.

“On National Pothole Day, our message to the Government is clear – it’s time the tide was turned when it comes to potholes and local councils are given the levels of funding they need to get their roads up to a reasonable standard.”

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