UK Survey Shows Most Pothole-Affected Counties

Forget London, Surrey is the new capital of the UK... when it comes to potholes, as a recent survey shows that the county has the most damaged roads in Great Britain. To be more specific, 1998 potholes stand in the way of Surrey’s 450,000 drivers.

The study, conducted by Kia Motors, places Hampshire on the second place, with 892 potholes. The road hazard podium is completed by Kent, which threatens motorists with 857 potholes.

Statistics released by the carmaker’s dealer network has indicated a surge in pothole-inflicted damage for 2010 - in some areas, suspension failure, damaged rims and split tire cases have increased by 150 percent. The average repair bill for a pothole damage totals 750 pounds sterling.

The true impact of potholes on motorists has been echoed up and down the country by our 150 dealers. Potholes are often unavoidable, but there are ways to avoid considerable repair costs. Slowing down as much as possible and taking your foot off the brake before impact can help reduce damage, while holding the steering wheel firmly will help maintain control,” Sue Mulcaster, a Kia Motors UK spokesperson said.

The main cause of the road damage’s spreading is the fact that the recent winter was the coldest the UK has seen in the last 30 years. This issue is doubled by the overaged tarmac in Britain - statistics show that an 8.5 billion pounds would be necessary to rehabilitate the country’s roads.

Here is a more detailed map of Britain’s most damaged roads:

1  Surrey (1,998 potholes)
2  Hampshire (892 potholes)
3  Kent (857 potholes)
4  Hertfordshire (855 potholes)
5  Oxfordshire (796 potholes)
6  Lancashire (733 potholes)
7  Essex (734 potholes)
8  West Sussex (680 potholes)
9  Buckinghamshire (678 potholes)
10 Gloucestershire (655 potholes)
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