Pothole increase puts car tyres under pressure

28th November 2011

Drivers are putting their cars at increasing risk of tyre damage after the AA revealed a rise in the number of potholes per neighbourhood in the UK.

New research by the AA shows that the average number of potholes per neighbourhood in the UK has risen from 12.5 in 2010 to 14.9 this year.

Potholes are the leading cause of damage to cars in the UK, with tyres often suffering punctures or other problems as a result of poorly maintain roads.

The study was conducted across the UK using a team of 1,000 AA streetwatchers.

Scotland was the worst affected area in the UK, with an average of 20.1 potholes per neighbourhood, while the north east was the worst affected region in England.

Speaking about the findings AA president Edmund King called for action to prevent car damage in the coming winter months.

"Highways authorities need to get to grips with the pothole problem, as compensation claims will soar when cold weather strikes and roads start breaking up again placing greater burdens on already strained budgets," he said.


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