Many UK roads are dangerous and could become unusable
However the worst bone shakers are low profile tires and low suspension vehicles which feel every bump.
Bicycle drivers are in even more danger due to the lack of protection and much more likelihood of being thrown under a lorry or a bus after falling into a pothole. Some of the worst potholes and subsided roads are in central London where cycling has been encouraged by the introduction of Barclays cycle hire.
Potholes, dropped drains, missing drain covers and subsidence, damage wheel alignment, suspension and tires, but more importantly lower back pain, loss of concentration and the possibility of hitting another vehicle whilst driving around or into the potholes or road subsidence.
Repairing the road network has now become a top priority in the road users' minds, unfortunately the heads of the government are making a dog's ear of it and lagging behind in taking the necessary action, to make our roads safer.
You are entitled to compensation for the cost of the damage and full instructions are available here from potholes.co.uk, a website set up to help drivers get compensation for pothole damage and where you can report potholes. (by liamssoft)
27 million British motorists now pay £46billion for the privilege of driving on some of the worst roads in Europe.
Of that just £8billion goes back into our roads, shared between motorways and local highways. (thesun.co.uk)
Crumbling carriageways are costing small businesses £5 billion a year and some local roads might have to close unless more Government money is made available for resurfacing, said the Local Government Association (LGA).
It said that last year council highways teams fixed 2.2 million potholes - 500,000 more than the year before.
But the LGA said that, despite these efforts, the backlog of repairs was growing longer, now estimated at £10.5 billion with one in five roads classed as being in "'poor condition".
It added that alongside "decades of under-investment from government", the key factor was recent freezing weather and flooding which has caused an estimated £1 billion damage.
He continued: "Despite their best efforts, many councils are trapped in a false economy of reactive repairs while managing a spiralling compensation bill, all the time praying it doesn't flood or freeze. Government cutting funding for roads is a very high-risk strategy as the longer you keep simply patching up a deteriorating surface, the more vulnerable it becomes to severe weather. Unless something changes, we risk swathes of Britain's road network becoming dangerously strewn with potholes or collapsing completely."
Although £10.5 billion is needed, Transport minister Norman Baker said: "This Government is providing councils with over £3.4 billion between 2011 to 2015 to maintain their highways. We are also working with the sector and sponsoring a £6 million highways maintenance efficiency programme to ensure that councils work together to deliver a first-class service to their residents, at the same time as saving money."
A YouGov survey from January showed the average cost to SMEs of poor roads was £13,600 a year in reduced productivity, increased fuel consumption, damage to vehicles and delayed deliveries. This equates to £5 billion across the sector. A separate survey by the Federation of Small Business found half of its respondents had lost up to £5,000 a year, with 12 per cent losing up to £20,000. And in the latest CBI Infrastructure Survey a top concern was the state of the local road network.