UK motorists spent a total of £1.25 billion repairing pothole damage to their vehicles over the last year, reveals research published by Kwik Fit.

With more than 10.8 million drivers damaging their vehicle due to poor road conditions over the last 12 months, the cost over the last three years totals an astonishing £3.4 billion.

The average bill for each of those motorists affected over the last year was £115, with almost the entire cost borne by motorists or their insurers. A mere £8.1 million (0.7 per cent of the total) has been refunded to drivers in compensation from local authorities, based on figures from England and Wales.