And once the temperatures begin to drop, they could worse says the RAC
According to the RAC, damage and car breakdowns caused by potholes on UK roads, have risen by nearly a third between April and June.
The RAC were called out to 3,565 reported call outs from April to June this year, helping motorists with car problems caused by hitting a pothole, such as distorted wheels, damaged shock absorbers and broken suspension springs.
During the same period last year, the RAC attended just 2,275 call outs, equating to a 31% increase in damages caused by crumbling tarmac.
Looking at the UK breakdown recovery company’s figures, based on a 12 month continuous average number of breakdowns, the quality of our roads here in the UK have been getting worse despite five consecutive quarters showing improvement.
These results come as a surprise, considering the UK has enjoyed much warmer temperatures throughout this time period, as opposed to more changeable conditions which could potentially speed up the pothole crisis on our roads.
One bad spell of extreme weather could however cause road surfaces to deteriorate even more, says David Bizley, chief engineer for the RAC.
“After a period of steady improvement, it is disappointing to see an unwelcome rise in the number of pothole-related breakdowns,” said Mr Bizley.
What is worrying says Mr Bizley, is the fact that due to drier and milder weather this year compared to the same six months in 2016, the numbers for April to June this year should be lower.
The Ashphalt Industry Alliance’s annual road maintenance survey claims that local authorities in England and Wales require more than £12 billion to make improvements to our roads to a satisfactory standard.
However, this figure is many times more than the whole annual revenue spending for councils to cover highways and transport, standing at £4.4 billion in England last year, with budgets set to drop in 2017.
Last month, a report by the AA said local authorities in England had reduced their total highway and transport budgets by £162 million for 2017, with the largest cuts made in road maintenance – money used to deal with the growing issue concerning potholes across the country.
Nearly £120 million has reportedly been cut from this area alone by 363 authorities.
Potholes are a real danger to all types of vehicles and can cause serious damage, however cyclists and motorcyclists could be injured as a result of driving over a pothole.
In July this year, the DfT confirmed that councils in England and Wales will be granted a multi-million pound fund to help make improvements to A-roads within their jurisdiction.
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