Surrey is pothole capital of the UK – with split tyres and other damage causing misery

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Surrey has been named as the pothole capital of the UK as potholes are becoming more prevalent across the country, according to a new survey.

The average repair bill from damaged caused by potholes is around £750, with split tyres, scratched alloys and suspension failure being the most common complaints.

The survey, carried out by Kia Motors UK, has identified that 1,998 potholes afflict Surrey’s 450,000 motorists, a figure that comfortably beats second placed county Hampshire, where drivers have logged a still significant 892 potholes.

The report follows previous pothole research and was inspired by Kia dealerships who, this year, have reported a 150% increase in pothole related repairs.

A major contributing factor to this figure has to be the coldest recorded UK winter in 30 years, but this is little consolation when the average repair bill for such impact is averaging £750.

Here are the top 10 offending counties in detail:

1. Surrey (1,998 reported potholes)
2. Hampshire (892)
3. Kent (857)
4. Hertfordshire (855)
5. Oxfordshire (796)
6. Lancashire (733)
7. Essex (734)
8. West Sussex (680)
9. Buckinghamshire (678)
10. Gloucestershire (655)

Existing etyres customers who suffer a puncture are entitled to free repairs, however, if they need to replace the damaged tyre, etyres prices are up to 40% cheaper than the leading high street tyre depots.

Oliver Hall, Operations Team

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