Bad road conditions cause drivers to fear for their safety

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The state of British roads has caused 85% of drivers to worry about their safety behind the wheel, according to research from AA Cars.

The survey of more than 21,000 motorists also found that 92% fear their vehicles could be damaged because of poor road conditions. In fact, more than half (52%) have experienced damage as a result of bad road conditions in recent years.

Drivers are also concerned about the impact that poor road conditions have on their everyday lives, with 75% of those surveyed becoming increasingly concerned about higher levels of traffic leading to longer journey times.

Almost half (46%) think that road conditions are generally better on the continent than they are in the UK, and 72% believe that their vehicle tax isn't being used effectively.

Last month, the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) warned that more than 24,400 miles of road will need essential maintenance in the next year.

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."

Has your car ever been damaged due to poor road conditions?

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