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Few drivers 'make pothole claims'

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Only 5% of UK drivers have made a claim against their local council for vehicle damage due to a pothole - even though half have had an accident or a near-miss in trying to avoid one, a survey has shown.

According to the GEM (Guild of Experienced Motorists) Motoring Assist , 88% of motorists do not know the procedure for making a pothole-related claim, while the rest are not aware they can claim at all.

Nine out of 10 drivers believe their council is not doing enough repair roads damaged in the recent spell of icy weather, but 70% also admitted that they had never reported a pothole to the authorities.

GEM chief executive David Williams said: "Potholes affect every road user. Often motorists will not spot a pothole until it is too late and as the survey worryingly reveals either swerve out of the way, which could result in a crash, or cause damage to their car.

"Local councils need to take swift action in alleviating this nationwide problem but it is also important for motorists to play their part in reporting potholes to local councils. Potholes are not simply just a nuisance they are a massive road safety issue."

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