According to RAC reports, there has been a 15% increase in breakdowns caused by poor road quality compared with the same quarter last year.
RAC patrols dealt with 4,091 call-outs from April to June for faults that are most commonly caused by poor quality road surfaces, including broken suspension springs, damaged shock absorbers and distorted wheels. This compares to 3,565 in the same period last year. The RAC say that this shows that the safety of road users is “being put at risk” by road damage.
Following severe weather earlier this year, the Local Government Association said councils are fixing potholes ‘every 21 seconds’ and the Government announced in March that it was dedicating a further £100 million towards road repairs.
It is clear, however, that the road damage is not being fixed quickly enough and are putting drivers at risk. The RAC added that the Government needs to develop a long-term plan to keep our roads safe. They also advised that road users need to report potholes when they appear in order to help them be repaired quickly.