Oct 3, 2013 7:12 PM by Janine Reyes
CORPUS CHRISTI - It's no secret that Corpus Christi roads are in bad shape. A study released today by the Federal Highway Administration says Corpus Christi drivers are forking out big bucks, more than most others nationwide, to repair damage caused by the rough roads.
The study from a research firm in Washington, D.C. ranks Corpus Christi 10th overall for cities our size. It states residents pay an average of $614 more per year in car repair and fuel than drivers in other cities.
Joe Medina says he does what he can to avoid bad roads. "I know all the shortcuts.. I try to stay away from them because I know that they're damaging to the car and they're unsafe, you car starts bouncing, you bounce across the street and run into somebody."
Just ask Dennis Berlanga at Shaffer Automotive about the costs. "Struts could go bad, tire ratings could go bad, you'll have to maintenance your vehicles a little more often."
Then there's wheel alignment, springs, and possible undercarriage damage. Not having those things checked can also cost you when it comes to fuel economy.
The costs work out to an extra $51 a month, just add that to the money you'll pay for the street maintenance fee as a resident and/or business owner in Corpus Christi.