UK 'pothole epidemic' helps fuel surge in callouts, says AA

Effects from both extreme cold and hot weather on roads dents company profits

The AA has said a “pothole epidemic” caused by the “beast from the east” contributed to the highest number of vehicle breakdown call outs in 15 years.

The company said core earnings in the roadside vehicle recovery business fell 17% in the six months to the end of July, due to the increased expenditure and higher costs needed to use third-party garages to house the exceptionally higher number of vehicles that broke down.

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