The True Cost of Britain’s Damaged Roads, Revealed

The True Cost of Britain’s Damaged Roads, Revealed

Chances are, you’re pretty familiar with the problematic potholes in your area. It’s
also entirely likely that you go out of your way on a regular basis, simply to avoid
roads that are in a sorry state of repair. But what you might not know is how much
of a financial burden Britain’s damaged roads are proving to be for motorists like
you.
Incredibly, it’s estimated that UK drivers now spend a collective £4.09 billion per
year fixing damage to their cars caused by potholes. If you’ve not experienced
damage to your vehicle directly as a result of potholes, consider yourself lucky.
According to a study carried out by Green Flag, a full 56% of motorists have had
to take their cars in to repair damage caused by potholes.
Damage To Cars From Potholes – An Expensive Issue
Far from minor inconveniences, the average repair bill for damage attributed to
potholes has skyrocketed to more than £230. The study also found that the average
motorist now encounters a minimum of seven potholes per journey, though the
biggest problems with potholed roads were identified in Glasgow and the
Northwest.
Such is the frustration caused by potholed roads that a full 40% of drivers included
in the study said that they would be more than happy to pay higher annual road tax,
if it meant eliminating potholes from the equation. Almost a third also said that
they routinely extend their journeys by up to five miles, in order to avoid damaged
and potentially dangerous roads.
Insufficient Government Spending
The extent of the damage is such that the experts at Green Flag estimate that
approximately £9.8 billion would be needed to sufficiently improve the quality of
the UK’s roads. A figure which (unfortunately) dwarfs the £201 million the
Department of Transport recently pledged to the improvement of road surface
conditions across the country.
“The problem of potholes on UK roads means there is an increased risk of car
damage,” said Green Flag’s Simon Henrick.
“With this in mind, it is important to stay safe when driving and to regularly check
your vehicle and tyres for damage.”

The result of the Green Flag study confirmed that potholes are the most annoying
aspect of driving for around 66% of motorists. 36% of those polled also cited other
drivers speeding as an everyday irritation followed by slow drivers who continue
to annoy 29% of motorists.
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