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Potholes double in a month

By: Laura Nineham
08 February 2011

The number of potholes has almost doubled since the severe cold weather struck in December.

That's according to a new study, which revealed that there's been a 90 per cent increase in the number of potholes on British Roads in a month.

Conducted by insurer More Than, the study found that 72 per cent of motorists said potholes had affected their driving in the past year.

A third of people (33 per cent) said potholes had caused them to brake heavily, with a further 30 per cent saying they've had to swerve into another lane. This shows just how dangers the state of the roads are for people who drive often, like those with driving jobs.

Peter Market, director of More Than, 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."

"We're extremely concerned at the measures motorists are taking to avoid potholes," he added. "In areas where potholes are known, drivers should slow down to avoid having to take evasive action at the last minute."


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