Icy Conditions Wear Down on Cars


by Derek Smith

Anchorage, Ak---You see it while your driving, you feel it on your way to work. But, why is it there?

"We contribute to a little bit. A lot of it is probably at the intersections. When we are coming through, we carry a certain amount of snow on our blades, when we slow down in the middle of intersections, we leave berms," Said Randy Vanderwood, Chief Maintenance of DOT.

Berms, piles of snow left behind. After cars pack it down, mix it with their exhaust, it creates a cone like deposit on the roads which mechanics say can be detrimental to your car.

"Front end suspension issues like ball joints, bent rims, because they are so bad they hit them, tires with bent rims, basically knocks cars out of alignment, various issues, its reallly hard on it," said the owner of "A Mobile Mechanic" Geoffry Parks.

"A mobile mechanic" Owner Geoffry Parks says he is seeing damaged cars more and more everyday from these specific icy conditions.

"These are the worst roads that i've seen being in 28 years of business and on the runing my mobile trunk, " Parks said.

He says the city is to blame.

"I think its lack of maintain from budget cuts."

*stand up*

Instead of pointing fingers, DOT has pointed to a solution, an anti icing program.

"One thing we are looking to in the future is hopefully next winter have more of an anti ice program going on, anti icing chemicals to be able to put down in advance which will help reduce this," said Vanderwood.

For mechanics like A Mobile Mechanic, the idea comes off as relieving.

"The chemical that would be great, i know years ago at the intersections downtown, they worked excellent, i'd like to see that again."

But until then, Parks suggests driving carefully or the damages to your car can be costly.

"Depending on your make and model, it could be anywhere from like 400 dollars to 1100 dollars price range," according to Parks.

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