Drivers are being urged to report every road surface crack “no matter how small” amid a surge in pothole-related breakdowns. The AA, which issued the plea, said it wants authorities to “understand the true state of our roads”. Last month, the AA recorded a rise of nearly a third in road surface-related callouts, saying it received more than 52,000 calls from drivers who'd likely suffered damage from potholes. That's a 29% increase on the same month last year. The cost of bringing pothole-plagued local roads in England and Wales up to scratch has been estimated at £14 billion.