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Number of potholes has risen - poll

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Britain's roads have continued to deteriorate, as motorists reported a 90% rise in the number of potholes heavy snowfall last year, a survey has shown.

According to the poll by insurers More Than, around 72% motorists said their driving was affected by potholes in the past year, with 8% admitting they had drive into the direction of oncoming traffic to avoid one, while some 4% had to swerve on to pavements.

Around 33% people had to brake excessively to avert potholes, the survey of 1,478 drivers found.

A number of people (16%) reported their cars sustained damage after hitting a pothole, while around 8% said they had a crash or a near-miss.

Potholes can be annoying to motorists as they cause damage to their cars, which could result in a call being made to their car insurance provider.

More Than director Peter Markey said: "December was the coldest experienced in the UK since records began, which, unsurprisingly, has heavily impacted our roads.

"Drivers across the country are now facing a serious hazard to their journeys, with the average driver saying they have to dodge around six potholes every day."

He went on: "We're extremely concerned at the measures motorists are taking to avoid potholes.

"In areas where potholes are known, drivers should slow down to avoid having to take evasive action at the last minute. Potholes should also be reported to the local council so they are made aware of the problem."

© Press Association 2011