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Pothole plague will get worse before it gets better

Pot hole photoWith the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s annual ALARM report highlighting a greater than ever shortfall in the budgets of road maintenance authorities, campaign website Potholes.co.uk believes that the problem is only going to get worse before it gets better. The road maintenance campaign site, set up by automotive warranty specialist Warranty Direct in 2007, has seen record numbers of visitors reporting potholes and resulting damage to their vehicles in the last three months.

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: “From the trends we’ve seen at Potholes.co.uk recently, the statistics outlined by the ALARM report are only destined to get worse.

“The number of people visiting our site in the last three months alone almost matches our visitor numbers for the whole of 2012. More people than ever before are coming to our site to find out how to make a claim after hitting a pothole and damaging their car.

“These statistics would be even more worrying if they included Scotland. Data from Warranty Direct shows that long-term damage caused by poor roads is far greater North of the border than it is in England and Wales, costing UK motorists an average of more than £1 million a day in wear and tear alone.*”

Axle and suspension faults are the most common issues suffered by British motorists. With an average repair cost of £257, they are the reason for one in five workshop visits every year.

Last week (4 March), Warranty Direct named the worst regions for suspension damage in the UK, highlighting a trend that the worst areas were in Scotland and the best were in the South of England.

Suspension Failure Rates by region across the UK

Position Region Suspension Failure Rate

 

1 Angus 9.97%
2 Renfrewshire 9.76%
3 Lanarkshire 9.73%
4 Ayrshire 8.69%
5 Aberdeenshire 8.46%
6 Midlothian 8.16%
7 North Yorkshire 7.28%
8 Tyne and Wear 7.03%
9 Perthshire 6.70%
10 Cumbria 6.52%
11 South Yorkshire 6.28%
12 Berkshire 6.12%
13 Gloucestershire 6.01%
14 Cheshire 5.71%
15 Shropshire 5.69%
16 Warwickshire 5.43%
17 West Yorkshire 5.38%
18 Northamptonshire 5.32%
19 Northumberland 5.02%
20 Stirlingshire 4.97%
21 Lincolnshire 4.96%
22 Hertfordshire 4.92%
23 Nottinghamshire 4.84%
24 West Sussex 4.83%
25 Buckinghamshire 4.81%
26 County Durham 4.77%
27 Surrey 4.73%
28 Merseyside 4.70%
29 Cambridgeshire 4.69%
30 West Midlands 4.69%
31 Avon 4.64%
32 Leicestershire 4.61%
33 South Glamorgan 4.57%
34 Wiltshire 4.48%
35 Cornwall 4.44%
36 Middlesex 4.42%
37 Kent 4.37%
38 Bedfordshire 4.36%
39 Derbyshire 4.33%
40 London 4.33%
41 Staffordshire 4.29%
42 Suffolk 4.27%
43 Lancashire 4.18%
44 Norfolk 4.11%
45 County Antrim 3.98%
46 Worcestershire 3.97%
47 Essex 3.97%
48 Hampshire 3.88%
49 Dorset 3.75%
50 Devon 3.46%
51 Somerset 3.42%
52 East Sussex 3.17%

There are 28.8 million cars on UK roads according to the Department for Transport:

28,800,000 (Number of cars)

£257 (average suspension repair cost)

0.05 (Percentage of cars that have suspension problems each year)

(28,800,000 x 257) x 0.05 = £370,080,000 (Annual Pothole damage repair cost)