Week two of CAA Saskatchewan's Worst Roads campaign

By Lloydminster Source staff

April 19, 2016 6:00 AM

Example of terrible pothole damage done to a rural Saskatchewan tire.

And the focus is on potholes

The nominated roads and votes continue to be tabulated during week two of CAA Saskatchewan’s 2016 Worst Roads campaign.
Typically nominated roads have cracks, crumbling pavement, poor or no signage, congestion, or have pot holes.
The most common problem noted by Saskatchewan voters is potholes which can cause damage to vehicles.
This week’s focus of the CAA Worst Roads campaign is on potholes.
CAA National conducted a recent survey that revealed Canadians say they pay $1.4 billion per year on their vehicles as a result of pothole damage.
In Saskatchewan, the figure is $68 million per year.*
When asked in the CAA poll: “Has your vehicle hit a pothole in the last five years and suffered damage that required repair?” Seventy per cent of Canadians said no, 26 per cent said yes, and three per cent preferred not to answer. In Saskatchewan, 20 per cent of participants said yes.
Canadians said they spent on average $360 on pothole damages.
In Saskatchewan, drivers paid more for pothole damage, on average of $500 per year.
Canadians said they had to repair their vehicle three times in the last five years because of pothole damage.
In Saskatchewan, drivers required repairs more often, more than four times in the last five years.
According to Scott McIntyre, director of the CAA Car Care Centre and Regina Battery Depot:“Car owners, as a result of pothole damage, can have a myriad of repairs to deal with — including replacing or repairing tires, tire rims, ti-rods, and some vehicles may also require a wheel alignment.”
He added: “The speed of the vehicle and the size of the pothole both have an impact on the type and cost of the damage.”
The 2016 CAA Worst Roads campaign started April 8 and has attracted approximately 1,500 votes from Saskatchewan motorists .
The campaign ends on April 29 and, on May 2, the Top 10 Worst Roads of the CAA Saskatchewan 2016 Worst Roads campaign will be revealed.
The current rankings of the Top 10 Worst Roads in the province are:
1. Saskatchewan 51, Kerrobert
2. Saskatchewan 376, Maymont
3. Saskatchewan 220, Strasbourg
4. Saskatchewan 354, Dilke
5. Saskatchewan 155, La Loche
6. Saskatchewan 322, Silton
7. Pasture Road, Herschel
8. Saskatchewan 44, Eston
9. Saskatchewan 43, Gravelbourg
10. Saskatchewan 340, Radisson
The website to nominate and vote for Saskatchewan’s worst roads is caask.ca/worstroads. Added features for this year’s campaign include identification of specific sections of the worst road being nominated, and also acceptance of photos of nominated worst roads.
A photo gallery is available at caask.ca/worstroads.
Motorists are reminded to take photos of worst roads, when safe to do so.
Worst Roads and photos can also be shared on Twitter via #SKWorstRoads.
The CAA Worst Roads campaign helps put a spotlight on troublesome and even dangerous road conditions in the province and is one tool to help address those roads in most need of attention. Working towards better roads and driving safety is a priority for CAA Saskatchewan.
*The results are based on a survey of 2,090 representative Canadians over the age of 18 who advised they had received pothole damage in the past five years. The survey was conducted from March 23 to 30, 2016. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of +2.2per cent, 19 times out of 20.

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