AA Insurance has reported receiving 1,000 serious damage claims relating to potholes last month; double the number received in January 2012.

One-third of their 23,000 members disclosed that they had suffered problems caused by potholes.

Many local councils have deprioritised road repairs in the wake of budget cuts, while the Winter weather has a created further set of problems for logistics companies.

Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance, said that motorists are requiring repairs to their suspension, steering and bodywork as a result of poorly kept roads.

He further warned of the dangers they pose: “In some cases, the driver has lost control or swerved to try to avoid the pothole and hit something else.”

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