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Friday, January 15, 2016 marks the second annual National Pothole Day – a campaign launched by Street Repairs to help raise awareness of a problem that blights our roads and causes damage to hundreds of thousands of vehicles every year.
National pothole problem
Potholes are a huge problem for British motorists, so huge it’s estimated there are 295 square miles of potholes on our roads – to put that in context, if they were all joined together they’d make one giant pothole more than twice the size of the Isle of Wight.
This latest awareness campaign hopes to build on the success of last year’s effort and make highways authorities and insurers sit up and take notice of an issue that is costing motorists and local councils millions of pounds every year.
Although local councils across the UK spent an average of £5 million each during the 2014/15 tax year to put right pock-marked roads, figures from a survey by LV=, the insurer, reveal one in seven drivers had to fork out for vehicle repairs during the same period following damage caused by uneven surfaces.
The most common problems were damage caused to tyres, suspension and wheel rims, with repairs costing an average of £267.
As if that wasn’t enough, local authorities paid out more than £1.6 million in compensation to motorists during 2014/15, a figure that could be at least twice as high as only half (53%) of motorists are aware they can claim for compensation.
If you think you may have a case against your local authority, it’s worth giving How to make a claim for pothole damage a read. And although the government acknowledged the problem by setting aside a £250 million dedicated ‘pothole fund’ as part of the 2015 Autumn Statement, this may still only scratch the surface.
So, aside from joining the Thunderclap and supporting the cause, how else can you do your bit to rid Britain of its badly damaged roads?
How to report a pothole
If you hit a pothole, instead of simply cursing at the state of the road and going on your way, report the problem to the local authority.
To make the reporting process a whole lot easier, we’ve teamed up with Street Repairs to bring you this handy tool – just fill in the blanks and your local authority will be alerted to the problem. And hopefully fill in the pothole…