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“No-one else will pay for your pothole-damaged cars!” says breakdown service

BRITAIN’S CRUMBLING ROADS: Drivers claim for pothole damage ‘every 17 MINUTES’

BRITAIN’S roads are crumbling so badly that drivers make a claim for pothole damage every 17 minutes, the RAC Foundation revealed yesterday.

In the last financial year drivers made at least 31,483 claims against councils for vehicle damage caused by poor road conditions.

The total was 9 per cent up on the previous year, said the analysis of data from 204 out of Great Britain’s 207 local authorities.

Motorists claimed for damage including punctures, wrecked wheels and broken axles.

Source: Express, 13th October 2016


Drivers pay the price for pothole plague: Motorists now making a claim every 17 minutes for damage

Motorists whose cars are being damaged by potholes on Britain’s ‘crumbling third world roads’ are making a compensation claim to councils every 17 minutes, a damning new report reveals today.

But while the number of claims made has risen by nearly 9 per cent, the money that cash-strapped councils are paying out to hard-pressed motorists is actually falling, leaving drivers out of pocket, according to the respected RAC Foundation.

It says that last year drivers made at least 31,483 claims against councils across Britain for potentially ‘life-threatening’ vehicle damage – equivalent to one every 17 minutes.

Source: Daily Mail, 13th October 2016


A report on the crumbling state of British road infrastructure here, and the impact our broken roads has on the everyday driver. While the data may well be true, the source is hardly without vested interest:

RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said: ‘These figures are symptomatic of the inadequate funding available for local road maintenance.

‘Drivers worried about the cost of running a car scarcely know where to look. They must try to keep one eye on rising pump prices and another on the potholes that can add hundreds to their annual motoring bills by causing damage to tyres and wheels.

I’m sure the RAC have drivers’ best interests at heart in highlighting the damage that can be done by pot-holed roads, but they also won’t be too disappointed if the reminder prompts drivers to ensure they have breakdown cover, should the worst happen.

“People keep valuables in unsecured garages!” says home insurer

End of road for the garage? Half of Britain’s motorists now use theirs to store household clutter with average holding £1,650 of ‘stuff’

It could be the end of the garage as we know it. Half of Britain’s motorists no longer use theirs to house the car, a survey has found.

Sports gear, gardening equipment and household clutter now fill many garages, with some families even converting the building into living space.

A study by RAC Home Insurance concludes that nearly half – 4.6million – of Britain’s 10.6million garages are no longer being used for their original purpose.

Source: Daily Mail, 29 May 2014

"People keep valuables in unsecured garages!" says home insurer

Alas, the death of the humble garage – the small, gated house for cars, lest your vehicle be seen by the outside world. Instead, the age of acquisition has our cars left homeless and bereft, ousted instead for all manner of tat… and a fair amount of non-tat, too:

And among the half-empty paint pots and rusty gardening tools are some valuable possessions, with the average garage holding £1,650-worth of ‘stuff’. That equates to £7.6billion across Britain

Almost eight billion pounds of stuff left lying around in garages? Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me, and also to the RAC’s Home Insurance team:

The RAC report said: ‘The death of the garage as a place to keep the car is now confirmed.
It suggests we have become a nation of hoarders with our garages capturing the overspill from our homes which are not built with enough storage space available for today’s consumers.’

It would be easy to dismiss this story as either untrue or inconsequential, given that cars these days are much less susceptible to the hazards of the weather, and have absolutely zero chance of actually caring if they’re kept on the street or in a tiny brick car-house. However, there’s real drama in the ‘death of the garage’, as RAC spokesman Simon Williams explains:

‘It’s frightening to think that nearly five million garages are not used for the purpose they were made.

‘The findings of our research appear to indicate that there is an issue with the design of houses as people do not have enough space to keep all their possessions in the house itself and many garages are so small that anyone in the car has to perform a contortionist act to get out.’

It’s fair to say the RAC have a much lower threshold for fear than the rest of the population. Still, Simon has some sage and entirely-impartial advice to justify why RAC Home Insurance paid good money for this particular piece of PR:

‘For all those who use their garage for extra storage, security is an important issue to consider as they are relatively easy targets for thieves looking for high value items such as bikes and tools.

‘That’s why it is essential to have the right insurance in case the worst should happen.’

So, garage-owners of the UK: take out RAC Home Insurance today, and perhaps finally Simon Williams will be able to set his fears to bed and sleep more easily in his converted-garage-bedroom.