Apparently we all have one more thing to be thankful for this year, and that is not getting stuck on on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Over 150 cars were literally paralyzed due to a tar spill including state troopers and tow trucks that were initially on their way to assist with the situation. Tar, being a very powerful sealant, bonds fairly quickly once it begins to dry. Drivers were sliding out of control, wheels were locking up, and you better believe the next few days are going to be spent picking tar from rotors, wheels, tires and paint. Thankfully no casualties were experienced and aside from a few missed thanksgiving feasts, everyone seems to have made it out alright.
While the culprit remains unnamed by sources, many of the affected drivers are looking for answers. Thousands of dollars worth of damage later and all I have to say is good luck. I hope whoever is responsible has good insurance… let me be the first to tell you, removing tar from 150 cars isn’t pretty (for you or the pros). Removing tar takes a lot of time, elbow grease, and specialized formulations designed for tar removal. When you combine that with the fact that the tar from this experience has probably covered the undercarriage, sealed tires completely, and maybe even adhered itself to wheels and rotors, with the sheer number of cars affected, this is one sticky situation.
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