Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com says:

“It’s alarming that pothole related breakdowns have doubled since last week’s bad weather.* Drivers are already fed up of having a bumpy ride because of potholes. In fact, our research found that 1,031,787 potholes were reported in 2016 and caused £3.1 million worth of damage to vehicles.** It’s no wonder more than two thirds (69%) of drivers say more should be done to tackle the problem.

“If drivers do experience a bump in the road, they should use our guide for advice on how to make your case for damage and report it to their local council before it gets any worse.

“The true depth of the UK’s pothole problem combined is as deep as the Earth’s upper crust (40,456m) and we’ve visualised this in a scrolling animation so drivers can see just how deep the problem goes in their local area.”

*RAC data

**Confused.com submitted a Freedom of Information request to 412 local authorities, and the Highways Agency, Transport Scotland and Welsh Government. Of these, 197 local authorities responded as well as Highways England. The following questions were asked:

    1. The number of potholes reported within your local authority area in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year.
    2. The minimum depth and width (in inches or cm) a reported pothole must be in order to be recorded as a pothole by your local authority.
    3. The number of potholes repaired within your local authority area in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year.
    4. The amount of money the local authority has spent on repairing potholes within your local authority area in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year.
    5. The amount of money the local authority has spent in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (to date), broken down by year, on paying compensation to claimants where vehicle damage was caused by potholes/damaged road surfaces.