The nearest city to Need To Know Motors’ HQ is Sheffield, aka Pothole Central. Yes, it’s a lot better than it was…but we weren’t surprised to read the report from independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, which revealed that motorists still see potholes as the biggest safety issue on Britain’s roads.
Yes, even more dangerous than speeding, road rage, congestion or drink and drug driving.
IAM RoadSmart has monitored drivers’ changing attitudes to key road safety issues since 2015, and discovered that nearly four in five drivers (79 per cent) perceive potholes to be a bigger issue for them than they were three years ago. Meanwhile, only five per cent of respondents saw potholes as a smaller problem compared to last year.
The charity’s report gathers responses from over 2,000 motorists, and found that 90 per cent of them had been affected by potholes in the past year, with 32 per cent stating they had even changed route to avoid them. A further 16 per cent of those surveyed stated that they have reported a pothole to the authorities.
Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart, commented: “The fact that motorists perceive potholes to be a bigger issue compared to drink driving and speeding, which cause more deaths, goes to show how much of a problem the pothole crisis continues to be.
“Not only is damage to vehicles caused by potholes expensive and inconvenient, but it is also a major safety concern affecting all road users. In particular, potholes pose a serious risk of injury to those on two wheels, as well as potentially causing drivers to swerve into oncoming traffic.”
It is currently estimated that there are some 42,675 miles of UK roads classed as being in poor structural condition.