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Rocky roads: Potholes, ruts and icy streets imperil vehicles, motorists

Thursday, February 21, 2008   (0 Comments)
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Lansing State Journal 

Rocky roads: Potholes, ruts and icy streets impreril vehicles, motorists 


It's a war zone out there. Well, it may look like it in spots around Lansing, judging from road conditions. 


Potholes. Ruts. Sheets of ice. 


"This is the worst I've ever seen it in the Lansing area," driver Joe Epchison said Wednesday. He's knocked out alignments and lost hub caps. 


"Waverly is just absolutely terrible," said Chuck Torossian, owner of Lansing's Capital City Auto Body. "I mean, holes that you could lose a small child in. It's amazing." 


Road crews are filling potholes, but, in the meantime, even a short trip can be hazardous. 


We asked Torossian about potential pitfalls your car could face. 



Drivers took their time Wednesday going over a massive patch of potholes on Aurelius Road north of Mt. Hope Avenue. 


The damage 


Hitting a pothole hard enough could knock out a car's alignment and, given the car's age, break suspension parts, Torossian said. Potholes also can damage steel-belted tires and could cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle. 


The advice 


Take it slow if facing a particularly gnarly pothole, Torossian said. Pay attention, and keep your hands on the steering wheel. 



It's easy to see exactly where drivers have traveled down Ferley Street in Lansing. Large U-shaped ruts are carved into the ice on the southside road. 


The damage 


Torossian said ruts in a road won't do much damage to a vehicle. But if a driver hits a rut and loses control of a vehicle, that certainly can cause damage. 


The advice 


Again, go slow, Torossian said. Keep both hands on the steering wheel, and try not to over-correct if you lose control. 



Don't expect to see much blacktop while driving on Elizabeth Street in Lansing near Regent Park. It's a sheet of ice, and drivers on this eastside street traveled along it slowly Wednesday morning. 


The damage 


"That one's self-explanatory," Torossian said with a laugh. Lots of damage can occur to the body of a vehicle from hitting cars or other objects on the road due to icy conditions, and drivers can be injured if they hit hard enough. 


The advice 


Keep your distance, Torossian said, watch your speed and know the road conditions.

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