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MOTORISTS in Devon and Cornwall fare better than drivers in the North when it comes to potholes, according to new research.
Pothole campaigning website, potholes.co.uk, commissioned research which analysed more than 50,000 live consumer accident policies over four years.
It found that the suspension failure rate in Devon was 3.46 per cent, and 4.44 per cent in Cornwall.
In Yorkshire and Scotland, however, the failure rate was six per cent and above, with roads in Scotland being the worst culprits.
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The website claims UK drivers pay out more than £1 million a day to repair axle and suspension parts on their cars, "thanks largely to the legacy of years of under investment in road maintenance".
It also says the average cost of repairing axle and suspension faults, is £257, accounting for one in five visits to a workshop every year.
As reported in The Herald, Plymouth City Council has spent more than £1 million repairing almost 9,000 potholes in eight months last year. It has now committed £20million to tackle the problem, which gets worse over the winter period as water gets into road surfaces, freezes and then expands.