Welcome to the forum. I grew up in Farnborough, went to school in Guildford and still have family in the area. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area about 7 years ago and trust me, we win the crap roads competition. Some of the potholes are big enough to swallow your front wheel and all the rain has only made them worse. Its not uncommon to see 4 or 5 cars lined up on the side of the freeway with front wheel punctures where they have all hit a new pot hole one after the other.