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Potholes cause damage to nearly a third of cars on UK roads, finds Citroën

Potholes cause damage to nearly a third of cars on UK roads, finds Citroën

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Potholes have caused damage to nearly a third of cars in the UK – with the average repair bill setting drivers back more than £140 – according to the latest research by Citroën UK.

Potholes cause damage to nearly a third of cars on UK roads

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  • 32% of drivers taking part in new study say their car has been damaged when going over a pothole.
  • The average repair bill for pothole damage is £142, though 11% of drivers have had to pay more than £250 for repairs.
  • Latest Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) report shows drivers claimed nearly           £6 million in pothole compensation from local authorities in England and Wales.
  • 42% of UK drivers want their vehicle to have better suspension to help avoid costly repairs.
  • New 100% electric ë-C4 and New C4 benefit from the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, with compliant suspension and enhanced seating for a smoother and more comfortable driving experience.

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Potholes have caused damage to nearly a third of cars in the UK – with the average repair bill setting drivers back more than £140 – according to the latest research by Citroën UK.

In a study of 2,000 UK drivers, 32% said their car had been damaged after hitting a pothole*. The average repair cost for the damage was £141.95, although 11% of the drivers surveyed said they had spent more than £251 on getting their car back on the road.

Nearly a quarter of those with vehicle damage said they had tried to claim back the cost of the repairs from their local council, while 42% of the study participants said they wished their vehicle had better suspension to help deal with the rougher roads in the UK.

According to the latest Asphalt Industry Alliance ALARM report, local authorities in England and Wales paid £5.9 million in pothole related compensation to drivers in 2019/2020**. The ALARM report found that while a pothole is filled in England and Wales every 21 seconds, authorities face an annual budget fall of £826.6 million, with 9% of the road network in poor condition and likely to require maintenance in the next 12 months.

Eurig Druce, Managing Director of Citroën UK, said: “It is concerning to find that potholes have caused damage to nearly a third of drivers' cars across England and Wales. Local authorities have a lot of issues to solve and this will take time, I am therefore proud that Citroën is able to offer vehicles that are already set up to tackle           real-world driving conditions on our roads, with our meticulous approach taken towards comfort.”

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* Survey of 2,000 UK drivers conducted in March 2021.

** https://www.asphaltuk.org/wp-content/uploads/ALARM-survey-2020-FINAL.pdf   

Local authorities in England (excluding London) paid £6.6m in road compensation, of which 81% were pothole related.

Local authorities in London paid £1.2m in road compensation, of which 31% were pothole related.

Local authorities in Wales paid £330,000 in road compensation, of which 57% were pothole related.

Total pothole compensation paid by English and Welsh local authorities equalled £5.9 million.

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