Half of motorists have been involved in an accident or near miss due to the potholes epidemic spreading across the UK, according to a new survey.
As well as shredding tyres and causing damage to other parts of vehicles, potholes are are increasing becoming responsible for collisions as drivers are forced to swerve to avoid driving over the gaping holes.
Now GEM (Guild of Experienced Motorists) Motoring Assist has urged local councils to take “swift action” in repairing damaged roads after their survey revealed fifty per cent of motorists have had been involved in an accident or a near miss due to potholes.
GEM chief executive David Williams said: “Often motorists will not spot a pothole until it is too late and they either swerve out of the way, which could result in a crash, or cause damage to their car.
“Local councils need to take swift action in alleviating this nationwide problem but it is also important for motorists to play their part in reporting potholes to local councils. Potholes are not simply just a nuisance they are a massive road safety issue.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office