DRIVERS are 2½ times more likely to suffer a pothole-related breakdown than in 2006, it emerged last night.
The RAC said its patrols received 1,714 call-outs between October and December for problems usually caused by road defects, like damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs and distorted wheels.
Pothole damage is still 2½ times higher than 13 years ago[/caption]
These issues represented 0.8 per cent of RAC breakdown reports in that period, which is the lowest amount for the final three months of any year since 2013.
But it warned the chance of a vehicle suffering pothole damage is still 2½ times higher than 13 years ago.
RAC breakdown spokesman Simon Williams said: “Those responsible for our roads have much to do to restore drivers’ faith as too many suffer the consequences of potholes on a daily basis.
“The next two quarters will be particularly telling if temperatures plummet and water gets into road defects, freezes and expands causing further deterioration in surfaces.”
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One in five roads in England and Wales is in poor condition and the frequency of resurfacing has declined, said the Asphalt Industry Alliance.
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