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Motorists Claim Government Failing On Potholes

Institute of Advanced Motorists Pothole Survey Results

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has claimed the government has “a long way to go” to convince motorists it is “in control” of the pothole problem. As such, a survey of one-thousand people has revealed that sixty-five percent of women think it is doing a “bad” or “very bad” job of maintaining the roads. This figure rises to sixty-nine percent of men. Furthermore, some people seem less than inspired by the performance of their councils as fifty-seven percent of men - and forty-nine percent of women – have claimed their council is doing a “bad” or “very bad job” in regards to road maintenance. The Institute of Advanced Motorists has also argued that there is a “clear lack of communication between the motoring public and local councils”. Why? Because sixty percent of the survey respondents are unaware whether maintenance budgets “are being cut”.

Institute Chief Executive Discusses Potholes

The Institute of Advanced Motorists 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 drive or ride on. The government needs to convince motorists that they have a real cure for the pothole pandemic.” Mr Best concluded: “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.”

Tips For Coping With Potholes

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has published its top tips for negotiating potholes: 

“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.”