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Northern Ireland drivers steer clear of cracks

Potholed roads have led to a leap in car windscreen damage — although drivers in Northern Ireland appear to be best at avoiding them, according to an AA/Populus survey.

Incidents of damaged windscreens have increased 30% this year, the AA said. A poll of 21,150 AA members showed that 27% had suffered a chipped windscreen in the last two years and 10% a cracked one.

Worst area for windscreen damage was eastern England where 47% of drivers have been victims over the last two years.

In south east England the figure was 43% while the areas where the problem was at its least severe were north east England and Northern Ireland with only 25% of drivers affected. The survey also showed that 12% had not had their chipped windscreen repaired, leaving themselves open to further, more serious damage.

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