Survey reveals pothole damage to one third of vehicles

A new survey commissioned by the AA and carried out by the business insight group Populus has revealed that as many as one in three UK drivers may have suffered cosmetic or mechanical damage to their vehicles after encountering potholes on the country's roads.

The survey questioned 22,827 members of the AA motoring association, and found that a worryingly high number of road users have been affected by the increasing number of holes which are appearing across some of Britain's more poorly maintained stretches; statistically, Scotland was the worst area of the country for sustaining this kind of damage, with close to half (44 per cent) of drivers reporting such problems.

There is growing anger and frustration among the UK's motorists over the so-called 'pothole plague', which has become even more of a problem after the recent harsh weather conditions that have been seen in every part of Britain. More and more, drivers are voicing their discontent about the avoidable harm that is being caused to vehicles bought from Ford car dealers and other showrooms around the land. 

The report also went into detail about the different kinds of damage which have been inflicted upon the unfortunate cars in question, with the collated figures revealing that 13 per cent of all respondents have had to deal with tyre deterioration, six per cent with harm to both tyres and wheels, and one in ten even having their steering knocked out of alignment.

Discussing the results, president of the AA, Edmund King, branded the state of Britain's roads a 'national embarrassment', adding that a 'decent road infrastructure must be a minimum requirement' for any modern, progressive country, so that drivers can be more assured of getting the most out of the transport they invest in from places like new or used Ford car dealers.

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