Leading car parts supplier Breakeryard.com has supported the findings of a recent survey criticising the state of local roads across the UK.
A survey by the RAC revealed that almost nine in every ten motorists were unhappy with the quality of road surfaces in their area, with only 2% of those surveyed believing that local roads were adequately maintained.
Motorways and dual carriageways received more favourable reviews, with 65% of under 35’s and 33% of over 65’s satisfied with the standard of road surfaces.
The results highlight the poor state of the road network across Britain which is leaving motorists out of pocket replacing car parts damaged by poorly maintained roads.
Estimates believe that drivers face a massive £413m bill every year*, equivalent to £1.1m per day, to repair damage caused by potholes and other road surface defects. The average repair, which includes replacement car parts and labour costs, is valued at around £240 although one warranty provider last year handled a claim for as much as £2,710.
Car parts most likely to be damaged by poor road surfaces include shock absorbers, springs, axles, tyres and wheels although the sudden jolt that often results from driving over a pothole or crack can cause significant damage to other parts and cause injury to the occupants of the vehicle.
The survey also revealed that drivers, who spend more than £1,000 in motoring related taxes such as VED, fuel duty, insurance premium tax and VAT, were suspicious as to how tax revenues were being spent, with 89% calling for greater transparency on where motoring taxes were being spent.
Alvaro Adair, Business Manager at Breakeryard.com says: “Transparency is the absolute key for ensuring that the money motorists are paying for the maintenance of UK roads is being used wisely”
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* Figure provided by Warranty Direct
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