So Britain has a "pothole epidemic".
Like some nasty medieval pox, it has left unsightly craters all over the nation's roads. Britannia Rescue has found that local authorities have paid out £2.5m in compensation to motorists whose cars have been damaged because of potholes in the last financial year alone.
To pedestrians and public transport users, the power of potholes to turn otherwise well-balanced middle managers into vengeful savages may be hard to understand but, after a 15cm-deep pothole has left a car's exhaust pipe hanging off, it is enough to make even the most mouse-like motorist roar (phrases like "couldn't you have driven over it?" from backseat drivers tend not to help).
So what can be done? Blackburn in Lancashire - made famous for its roads with holes by the Beatles in A Day in the Life - may have approved a resurfacing plan for its pocked highways and byways earlier this year but councils typically go for short-term refills of individual potholes instead of wholesale resurfacing.
That leaves commuters tackling a daily assault course of craters that would better suit a tank than a Fiat Punto.
The council compensation bill is unlikely to come down any time soon.
We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules, which are available here.
Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.