UK drivers should brace themselves – and their tyres – for a winter of ‘holey hell’, according to a report in the Sunday Times ingear motoring supplement.
Potholes lead to burst tyres, damaged suspension and a host of other expensive problems – not to mention the flurry of insurance claims which bump up our premiums.
According to the Sunday Times, an AA report is about to reveal that there are now an average of 28 potholes or other defects on any two miles of local roads.
Dominic Tobin wrote: “An army of amateur pothole hunters has revealed the true state of Britain’s road network. Its findings suggest that drivers should brace themselves for a winter of misery as the already crumbling road network deteriorates further when freezing weather closes in.”
The AA recruited 1,100 members to patrol their local roads over three weeks last month and record every pothole and serious surface defect as part of the associations’ annual Streetwatch report.
In total the volunteers recorded 24,000 defects on roads, excluding trunk roads and motorways.
The worst area is Scotland, where patrols reported an average of 35 defects, followed by the northeast with 33 and the East Midlands with 29.
We’ll keep you updated with the full results when they are released.
Denna Bowman, Head Office