HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Road repairs are causing big headaches for many Tennessee Valley drivers. The rough roads, uneven surfaces, and potholes are ripping up people's cars.
Drivers are reporting tire troubles and cracked windshields.
Mechanics said cars are coming in nearly every day with damage from road repairs. They are seeing a lot of alignment and suspension problems.
Rough roads cause the ball joints, struts, shocks, and springs to wear prematurely. That causes those alignment and suspension issues, which can mess up your steering and wear down your tires. You may also have some vibration issues.
Mechanics said you should have your car alignment checked every year, but if you drive through a roadwork zone often or hit a big pothole, you should have it checked as soon as possible. Alignment issues aren't always easy to recognize.
"You want to look for a steering wheel being crooked. If you are driving down the street and the wheel is turned hard to the right and you have to hold it to the left, that means the tow is off center or you have a radial pull," said Bobby Woodard, a manager at Clem's Tire Company.
Mechanics said if you don't take care of your alignment issue it could become dangerous. It will wear down your tires and could eventually cause a blowout.