Potholes warning signPoorly-maintained roads have led to an 82 per cent increase in cars suspension damage so far in 2015, the RAC reports.

Spring failures – the most visible fault that highlights poor quality roads – have rocketed from 4,000 RAC patrol call-outs in 2014 to nearly 7,500 in 2015.

It’s leaving owners facing repair bills of up to £350.

RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: “The sharp increase in suspension spring faults that we have seen across the country really does cast a cloud on the quality of our roads.

“We will be closely monitoring these figures in the coming months to see whether the trend continues.

“Experience tells us that these problems are normally worse in the first half of the year, so if numbers are still high come the summer we will know that local authorities are still struggling to get on top of the maintenance backlog.”

Report-a-pothole app

To help counter the risk of damage caused by potholes, the RAC says it’s teamed up with pothole reporting website streetrepairs.com.

The two have created the RAC Report Pothole app – this uses a smartphone’s GPS signal to locate a pothole or a range of other road defects, including faulty streetlights and abandoned vehicles.

It even allows users to upload photos; this information is then automatically delivered to the necessary authorities for that area to begin investigations.