The dire state of British roads has led to 85% of drivers fearing for the safety of themselves and other road users, according to new research from AA Cars.
The poll, which surveyed more than 21,000 motorists, found that 92% of British drivers are concerned about potential damage to their vehicle as a result of poor road conditions, with more than half (52%) of drivers experiencing damage in recent years.
Simon Benson, director of motoring services at AA Cars, said: “With many local councils lacking the funds to adequately repair roads, the country’s highway system is deteriorating - which in turn puts drivers at risk and makes pothole-related damage to cars increasingly likely.
“Clearly, drivers are well aware of this problem, as we can see by their distinct lack of confidence in the state of British roads.
“You can minimise the risk of damage caused by potholes and other road-related issues by ensuring your tyres are inflated to the recommended pressure, as hitting a pothole with soft tyres is more likely to lead to wheel damage.
“You should reduce your speed if you’re approaching a pothole as this will lessen the chance of doing significant damage to your tyres, wheels and suspension. Similarly, you should slow down if you’re approaching standing water as this may disguise a deep - and potentially dangerous - pothole.
“Drivers should also be careful when passing cyclists and motorcyclists on roads that are known to be in particularly poor condition, as these road users may have to take last-minute evasive action and swerve to avoid hitting a pothole."
The survey also found that 75% of drivers becoming increasingly concerned about higher levels of traffic leading to longer journey times.
The dismal state of British roads means that 4.6 million drivers are reluctant to use their cars for local journeys, while a further 3.7 million avoid longer car journeys because of this.
The issues with Britain’s road network mean that almost three quarters (72%) of drivers are concerned that their car tax isn’t being used appropriately.