The RAC dealt with 4,091 pothole-related breakdowns between April and June – the highest Q2 figure since 2015.
The figure includes breakdowns ‘likely to be attributed to damage caused by potholes and poor quality road surfaces’ – such as damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs or distorted wheels.
The Q2 2018 figure represents 1.8% of all breakdowns by the RAC members – up from 1.6% in Q2 2017.
The figure is however down 26% on Q1 2018 – when 5,540 pothole-related breakdowns were attributed to the harsh winter weather.
The RAC also says its Pothole Index – which is based on a quarterly rolling analysis of pothole-related breakdowns – shows a worsening picture in the second quarter of 2018.
The index, which began at a base of 1.00 in 2006 when the RAC started recording data, moved upwards from 2.63 in Q1 of this year to 2.67, marking five successive quarters of deterioration. It does, however, remain ‘considerably lower’ than its peak of 3.5 which occurred in the first three months of 2010.
David Bizley, RAC chief engineer, said: “We had obviously hoped the number of pothole-related breakdowns attended by our patrols would drop in the second quarter as the first three months of the year had seen the third highest first-quarter figure recorded since 2006.
“However, given the extreme weather towards the end of Q1, we perhaps should not be that surprised the Q2 figures are worse than normal.
“While the percentage of these call-outs did drop in the second quarter of 2018, it did not reduce by as much as normally happens in this period as local authorities catch up with repairing the winter damage to our roads.
“From a driver’s point of view this can only mean that our roads are still in a poor state of repair after the damage caused by ‘The Beast from the East’ and the generally harsh late winter conditions the country experienced.”