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Thursday, 27 March 2014 19:04

NYC Potholes Take Toll on Tires but not Crashes

From November 1, 2013, to March 1, 2014, the New York State Thruway Authority received 57 damage claim forms from motorists. In the same period last year, the agency received just 18. AAA New York handled an astounding 80,023 roadside assistance calls in January 2014, of which 13,068 were for flat tires—30 percent more than last year.

Joseph Weinberger said two tires on his car were flattened when he hit potholes in separate incidents on the FDR Drive in Manhattan, NY. His front and rear bumpers have taken a beating from hitting piles of snow and ice maneuvering in parking spaces.

But, although potholes are causing more flat tires, they don't appear to be causing more car crashes, Westchester police spokesman Kieran O’Leary said. “We had fewer accidents (in February) than in the same month a year ago,” O’Leary said.

Local shops are reporting plenty of suspension damage. “They are coming in with a lot of cracked plastic bumpers,” shop manager Matt Zippelli said, “a lot of damage from potholes... We’re at least 20 to 30 percent busier than last year.”

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