We’re no strangers to a good complaint here in the UK, with anything from the weather to the ever increasing price of a Freddo down at the local corner shop getting our backs up! However, it seems that when it comes to complaints about “the state of the roads” which are generally followed by a range of disgruntled noises and facial expressions, we might just be within our rights to be unhappy!
That is because the RAC has released data from 2015 that suggests that last year saw the highest number of suspension related issues on record, with an increase in the amount of similar cases of 33% from the previous 12 months.
If you were looking for other indications that the roads aren’t exactly being kind to our cars, you might want to draw your attention to the 290,000 plus cases last year where the RAC were called out to deal with cases where tyre problems and broken wheels.
RAC Patrol of the Year Ben Wilson said: “The increase in suspension and spring faults might well be as a result of the continuing poor state of local roads – while motorways and other major routes are part of one of the biggest improvement programmes in a generation,” he said. “Motorists remain concerned about the condition of local roads and the lack of ring-fenced funds to improve them.”
“With more people choosing a hybrid as their next vehicle due to the reduced emissions and economy they offer, it makes sense that we have had more to fix this year,” Wilson added. “Speed limiters and other fuel-saving devices are being introduced by more fleets in order to help reduce fuel costs, so the increase in faults there is something we will be looking at closely as we go into 2016.”