Drivers more likely to break down because of potholes, study finds

Drivers nearly four times as likely to suffer breakdown from hitting pothole than 12 years ago, report finds

  • The RAC has found potholes are driving four times as many cars to break down
  • Local authorities claim they are £556million SHORT of funds to maintain roads
  • RAC claims ‘substandard’ road conditions are to blame for rise in car call outs

Drivers are nearly four times as likely to suffer a breakdown from hitting a pothole than 12 years ago, an RAC report has found.

The motoring organisation said 14,220 of the callouts it has gone to over the past year were caused by Britain’s crumbling roads.

They included vehicles with damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and bent wheels. 

The severe winter has damaged roads, but cash-strapped local authorities say they are £556million short of the funds they need to maintain the roads this year [File photo]

This accounted for 1.5 per cent of all call outs, up from 0.4 per cent.

The figures start from 2006 when the RAC began analysing data.

The severe winter has damaged roads, but cash-strapped local authorities say they are £556million short of the funds they need to maintain the roads this year. 

The AA previously blamed crumbling roads and the severe weather for a 15-year high in breakdowns [File photo]

RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: ‘Road conditions in many parts of the country are substandard and have been so for quite some time.

He said: ‘We cannot simply blame Storm Emma and the Beast from the East, even though they certainly made matters worse.’

The AA previously blamed crumbling roads and the severe weather for a 15-year high in breakdowns.   

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