The number of potholes blighting British roads has soared for the last three consecutive years, leaving the country’s motorists picking up the bill for damage to their cars.

Now on the eve of the results of the 17th annual survey into the state of the country’s roads there is wide spread speculation that both the number of potholes and the cost of repairing could have gone up yet again.

The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey published on March 31 last year revealed that the number of potholes had tipped over the two million mark for the first time ever.

The £10.7 billion cost of repairing them had soared by more than £1 billion from the 2010 figure which in turn was up by £1 billion from 2009.

The report showed that in 2009 some 968,000 potholes had to be filled in, with that number jumping to 1.4 million in 2010 rising to 2.2 million for last year.

Now with the 2012 report due out at the end of March speculation is rife that the state of the roads could have become even worse.

HiQ fast fit manager, Stuart Carr,  said: “While modern cars are pretty robust and sturdy it’s surprising what damage can be caused by potholes over time. And older cars are even more susceptible.

“A lot of the cars we get with handling, suspension or shock absorber problems are due to the state of the roads.

“Sometimes it’s just a case of re-balancing wheels or re-aligning the tracking but often it’s more severe with serious damage to shock absorbers or springs.

“Suspension systems dramatically affect a car’s handling and braking so if any motorist has experienced changes in either of these it’s well worth them visiting their local HiQ centre to check their car out.”