No Spare Tires and Lots of Potholes

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Tire inflator kits are rapidly replacing the tire in the trunk. They offer some advantages but provide some of their own bumps in the road. It’s never a fun surprise when your car hits a pothole and you get a flat tire. In fact, “surprise” is quite likely not the first word to come out of your mouth. Even worse, there might be a second discovery for you when you go to your trunk to retrieve the spare tire. Surprise! You don’t have one! If your car is less than…read more

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Poor Pavement Hits Lower-Income Americans Hard

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Damages to cars from potholes can cost more than most households have on hand for emergencies. The cost of slow traffic and accidents may be even greater. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), motorists are shelling out $6.4 billion per year in car repairs due to potholes. That’s just to take care of flat tires, bent rims, poor alignments, damaged shocks and struts, cracked catalytic converters – and the occasional deployment of an air bag, which can run $2500 or more per incident. Those are direct costs, something that…read more

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A Road Built to Be Bad

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Ford intentionally built a very nasty stretch of pavement to test vehicles under pothole conditions. It’s a success – but is that a good thing? This just in from the Department of Irony: Ford Motor Company built a road that is intentionally potholed. What’s more, it’s 50 miles in length and actually is designed to replicate how cars meet carnage from bad pavement in 25 different countries. The purposefully bad road also has its own gigantic hairdryer. The official name of the road is the Lommel Proving Ground, and it…read more

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