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Potholes 'lead to more car repairs'

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A new study has found that as many as eight in 10 motorists are worried they might have an accident due to potholes, leading to an increase in their car insurance claims.

According to a survey by Autoglass, about 45% of drivers claim they have either had an accident or near miss due to treacherous road conditions.

The problems generally faced by motorists due to potholes are suspension issues, affecting 39% of motorists, burst tyres (35%), chipped windscreens (20%) and paintwork damage (17%).

An average of £220 is spent by each motorist on pothole-related car repairs - leading to a total of nearly £3.7 billion a year, the survey highlighted. Accidents caused due to bad road conditions, including potholes, could negatively affect motorists' car insurance policy.

Motorists are being forced to negotiate an average of 13 ruts on their standard daily route, while 27% say they hit upon 20 potholes each journey.

A clear temporary road sign warning or fluorescent markings around bad potholes would be favoured by as many as 98% of the 3,000 drivers surveyed.

Some 45% of drivers are concerned that nothing is being done about potholes, with 31% reckoning the problem is only going to get worse.

Autoglass managing director Nigel Doggett said: "It's incredible and very alarming that so many drivers have had an accident or experienced vehicle damage as a result of the treacherous driving conditions."

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