The cost of repairs to vehicles damaged by potholes for UK drivers has exceeded £3 billion, new figures have revealed.
This is according to research carried out by online motor retail specialist BuyaCar.co.uk.
Potholes costing driver’s millions
Figures from the company show that one in three UK motorists have suffered vehicle damage as a result of potholes, with the average repair bill standing at £260.
Combine this with the fact that a staggering 12 million incidents of pothole damage are reported every year and the total costs associated with this type of damage rise to a staggering £3 billion.
Reported damage ranged from the need for a new tyre to fixes to suspension and exhaust systems, highlighting the wide range of problems that potholes can cause.
Austin Collins, managing director of BuyaCar.co.uk, said: “Local authorities are doing their best to catch up with the pothole problem and the recent news that they had repaired 20 per cent more in the past 12 months than the previous year was certainly welcome.”
However, he went on to add that this will be “cold comfort” for drivers who continue to face considerable costs for the repair of vehicles damaged by potholes.
Indeed, figures provided by Confused.com show that in the last year, more than 900,000 potholes were reported to local authorities up and down the country.
Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Potholes remain one of the most common hazards on the nation’s roads. Further investment in road maintenance is welcome, but it still fails to address the significant impact of vehicle repairs on UK motorists.”