The true depth of the UK’s pothole problem revealed

As the UK recovers from a burst of icy weather and snow, no doubt more and more potholes will start to pop up on roads, giving motorists quite the bumpy ride. A new scrolling animation by drills down to the truth depth of the UK’s pothole problem, as  905,000 were reported to local councils in one year alone.

The price comparison site carried out Freedom of Information requests to local authorities across the UK which revealed a whopping 905,172 potholes were flagged to councils across the UK in 2017/18, compared to 887,351 the previous year. This works out as almost 2,500 potholes per day for that year, on average.

Not all motorists are turning to their local council to help pay for the repairs, as only one in five (23%) tried to claim compensation for the damage they received from hitting a pothole. Instead, many motorists are most likely forking out to pay for the damage themselves, or not repairing it at all. Perhaps this is because more than a fifth (22%) of drivers are confused about their rights to claim for pothole damage. To clear up this confusion, has created a guide for motorists to take them through the process and when they are able to make a legitimate claim. If the council feels it has failed in its duty to maintain the road, they may be willing to cover the cost of repairing the damage, which in turn may save motorists potentially hundreds of pounds at a time when motoring is already very expensive.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at, says: “Our scrolling animation shows just how deep the UK’s pothole problem goes – a problem that has caused councils to pay out almost £3 million in compensation for pothole damage to vehicles in the last year alone.

“Re-claiming the costs for pothole damage can be confusing for drivers. Many don’t know if it’s best to claim from your insurer, or from the council. To help clear this confusion, drivers looking to claim for pothole damage can find all of the information they need to start the process in our guide.

“The number of potholes reported in the UK has increased by 2% in the last year, and it’s a battle councils continue to fight. If motorists come across a pothole they should report it to their local authority before it gets any worse.”

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