The majority of British motorists are unsatisfied with the Government’s management of potholes, according to new research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
Around two-thirds of drivers (67 per cent) surveyed believed the Government is doing a bad or very bad job in maintaining the UK’s road network.
The study highlighted a lack of communication between motorists and local authorities. A third of drivers thought that their local council was reducing spending on road maintenance, while 60 per cent had no idea whether budgets were being slashed or not.
The IAM suggests that this points towards poor information dissemination and community engagement by local councils. Drivers were similarly nonplussed with council efforts to keep roads free from potholes, with 52 per cent saying that they were dissatisfied.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Despite the government’s pothole review, there is a high level of dissatisfaction with the efforts of authorities to keep our roads safe and smooth to drive or ride on.
“The government needs to convince motorists that they have a real cure for the pothole pandemic. This can only be achieved through clear communication on new policies, more sharing of resources, sustained long-term funding and a continued commitment to eradicating the maintenance backlog of crumbling British roads.”
The IAM has published tips to minimise the potential for running into a pothole:
Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front so that you can see the road surface before you drive or ride on it.
If you do hit a pothole accidentally, make a point of checking your tyres once you’ve stopped. Check the inner as well as the outer tyre wall, which may have been damaged as a result.
Avoid suddenly pulling out to avoid a hole – you might discover that there is a motorcyclist trying to get past you, or encounter an oncoming vehicle.
Bikers and cyclists need to look well ahead and change direction early so they have time to deal with the holes, and so that their movements don’t cause surprise to other road users.
Potholes tend to reappear in the same place again and again as previous repairs fail – remember where you saw one and expect it to be there again.
Be extra vigilant on roads with lots of lorries and also around bus stops. Extra pressure is put on the road surface wherever heavy vehicles stop, start or turn.