Pothole damages have cost the US drivers around 3 billion dollars annually and the government needs to add extra funding to repair the roads, says a new study from AAA.
Automakers are always trying to came up with new technologies to make tougher cars so that these can better cope with the torments of a bumpy road. Ford recently revealed pothole mitigation technology introduced on 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport, announcing also the expansion of its facility in Lommel, Belgium, by adding a bumpy surface to properly test its cars. The automaker citied a new study made by AAA, which said that in the US pothole damage has cost drivers 15 billion dollars in vehicle repairs over the last five years, approximately 3 billion dollars annually. But the report also warns that the road situation in the US is getting worse and urges the local governments to properly fund road maintenance to reduce car damages repair costs. Even if Congress raised such funds last year, AAA says that additional 170 billion dollars are needed annually to improve US’s roads and bridges.
“In the last five years, 16 million drivers across the country have suffered pothole damage to their vehicles,” John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair, said. “The problems range from tire punctures and bent wheels, to more expensive suspension damage.” Two-thirds of drivers are concerned about potholes on local roadways and AAA says it responds to more than four million calls each year for flat tire assistance. “On average, American drivers report paying $300 to repair pothole-related vehicle damage,” Susan Hiltz, AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director, said in a statement. “Adding to the financial frustration, those whose vehicles incurred this type of damage had it happen frequently, with an average of three times in the last five years.”