Pothole pledge not enough

British drivers spend £1.7bn repairing damage to their vehicles as a result of potholes every single year, according to figures from the UK’s largest online marketplace for car repairs and servicing.

The figures have been released after the Autumn Budget revealed the government will spend an extra £420m on repairing potholes around the UK.

Figures from the UK’s largest car repairs and servicing marketplace show that British drivers spend nearly £1.7bn every year repairing damage to their vehicles caused by potholes.

The data from WhoCanFixMyCar.com found that the average repair cost for pothole damage, which can be anything from wheel realignment to steering rack repair as well as body work, is £157.75.

With one in three drivers reporting pothole damage every year and more than 31 million cars on UK roads, more than 10.5 million drivers need repairs as a direct result of badly-maintained roads.

WhoCanFixMyCar.com is an online car garage and repair marketplace connecting over 11,500 garage and repair centres with drivers around the UK. The site is used by more than one million users and processes more than 155,000 quotes through the site per month.

Alistair Preston, co-founder of WhoCanFixMyCar.com, said, ‘The news that the government is committing an extra £420m to help tackle the pothole epidemic is very welcome, but it’s a drop in the ocean compared to what potholes cost UK drivers every year.

‘It’s about time the state of our roads was taken seriously, particularly when drivers have been paying the bill on repairs and road maintenance through taxation for so many years.’