- Nearly half of motorists have suffered pothole damage
- Drivers claim there are four potholes on average in their road
Nearly two out of three motorists rate the state of their local roads as poor or dangerous as recent heavy rain and road maintenance cutbacks combine to halt repairs, a new survey1 from independent research firm Viewsbank shows.
The shock figures show 65% of drivers rate roads as in poor conditions, while 14% saying the roads they use are dangerous.
The state of roads is costing motorists - 49% of drivers say they have suffered damage to their car from potholes with the average bill for repairs costing £165. On average drivers estimate there are four potholes in the road they live on.
Although damage due to road surfaces is rife, drivers are not claiming for the damage caused – just 19% have put in claims to local councils and only 8% have tried to get compensation from their insurer.
Government pledges to earmark £28 billion for spending on roads including a £6 billion pothole fund appear to have had little impact – 78% of motorists say potholes appear to be left unrepaired for months. Just 20% say potholes are repaired in a month and only 4% say they are filled in within a week.
David Black of Viewsbank said: “It is shocking that nearly two out of three motorists are unhappy about the state of their local roads and even more worrying that 6% of people have had an accident because of potholes.
“The Government has recognised the need to spend on road repairs and has committed to increase spending but potholes are clearly still a major issue despite the £6 billion fund and motorists believe little is being done to solve the problem.
“The research shows the majority of motorists are not claiming for damage to vehicles from potholes and are absorbing the costs themselves, so clearly anything that can be done in terms of repairs will help.”
Motorists in the South East of England are most at risk – 20% of drivers there say their local roads are dangerous while 51% rate local roads as poor. Drivers in London are – relatively - the happiest with their roads although only 14% regard roads as in good shape.
% RATING LOCAL ROADS AS POOR
% RATING LOCAL ROADS AS DANGEROUS
Yorkshire & Humberside
The research found that tyres were most likely to be damaged by potholes – 25% of motorists say they have suffered damage to tyres followed by 19% who have suffered damage to suspension.
When it comes to claiming for damage half of those who tried to get compensation from councils failed while only a quarter who tried to claim from insurers were unsuccessful.
1 Online survey of 2,004 drivers aged 18+ conducted by Consumer Intelligence between 13th and 19th February 2014