As winter season starts to set in, we’ve done some digging to reveal the true depth of the UK’s pothole problem. New freedom of information data reveals 1,031,787 potholes were reported in 2016 across the UK.
We’ve visualised this using an interactive animation. Scroll to the murky depths of the South West’s combined 138,672 potholes here.
The animation’s regional view reveals Devon has the deepest pothole problem in the South West, with a total depth of 2,481m.
If you’d like the embed code you can find it here.
Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, says: “Scrolling to depths of 40km really puts the UK’s pothole problem into perspective. They are a major bugbear among drivers, not least because of the damage they do to our vehicles – around £3.1 million worth of damage.
“If drivers experience a bump in the road, they should report it to their local council as soon as possible before the problem gets any worse. The cost of motoring alone is getting more and more expensive and damage repairs is a big contributor to this, as car parts increase in price as well.
“For advice on pothole damage, and other ways to save on motoring costs, drivers can find more information at Confused.com.”
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