The latest investigation from Admiral car insurance reveals more pothole-related claims take place in March compared to any other month of the year, as the insurer warns drivers to pay extra attention on UK roads to avoid costly damage to their vehicles. Winter frosts and reduced maintenance schedules by Councils and the Highways Agency mean that holes tend to be at their deepest in March. Plus, there are simply more holes and cracks in the road surface that need fixing after a spell of cold weather.
Following the Beast from the East during 2018, Admiral saw a spike in pothole related claims. The recent freezing temperatures and icy weather is likely to result in more potholes on UK roads this year.
Analysing its own data from the last five years Admiral found that on average, 13% of pothole-related claims occur in March.
Admiral’s data also shows the number of claims it has dealt with for damage to vehicles caused by potholes has increased by almost 30% since 2016.
Despite lockdown restrictions in place throughout the UK for much of 2020, the number of pothole-related claims increased by 20% last year compared to 2019, showing the ongoing and increasing problems that potholes cause across major roads across Britain.