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Melting Road Leaves Car Wheels Covered In Tar Following Heat Wave

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With more than one billion motor vehicles in use, it's fair to say there's a massive dependency on cars across the world.

Although all good motorists must know how to drive in all weather conditions, their skill and doesn't guarantee they'll be safe while traveling.

On July 5, motorists from Queensland, Australia came to this realization after their tires were found "drowning in tar," after a bout of hot weather.  

The bitumen on one of the recently repaved roads in Atherton Tablelands had melted onto several car tires, causing enormous damage to the vehicles, and temporarily closing the route.

"It was like we were insects caught in a spider’s web and we were sinking," motorist Bridget Daley told ABC Australia , adding that it also hit her mudguard, breaking it off.

"There were people that were pulled up on the side of the road and they were in total and complete disbelief as to what had happened to their vehicles."

Anissa Rasmussen was another driver on the road when the incident took place, and said her vehicle was substantially damaged.

"We now have chipped paint and windscreen damage to our brand new car," Rasmussen wrote on social media.

"We were stopped by police at Tarzali 10 kilometers from our destination because cars were broken down covered in tar, with it coating their wheels."

"Then police diverted us an hour through more roadworks with idiots driving high speeds through the gravel and spraying our car with rocks."

District director Sandra Burke explained it was a combination of the area's weather conditions that caused the road's surface to melt.

"It's a combination of factors," she told ABC Australia. "We have extreme weather conditions on Malanda Millaa Millaa Road … unusually cold weather and wet weather combined with works at hand and the short impact of the hot weather yesterday caused the situation to occur."

However, Queensland resident Margaret Campbell is among the other motorists who are disputing Burke's claims.

"Gravel began popping out of the bitumen over a week ago, local businesses have replaced over 300 windscreens," she wrote on social media.

According to Burke, motorists who were affected are entitled to compensation and once their case is reviewed, will receive it "as soon as possible."

But, this isn't the first time this type of incident has occurred. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania experienced a heatwave in early July, causing one of its roads to melt.

"Just yesterday afternoon I was coming up the hill here. And you know how your car will let you know if you are sliding around? My car let me know I was actually sliding around like I was on ice," resident Luke Nolt told FOX 43.

"It gets in your tires and you drag the stones into the garage. And all that good stuff."

Although the town doesn't know what caused the road to melt under the heat, a potential solution has been put in place.

We put some quarter inch stone back on the street to make it safer,” John Leen, Upper Leacock Township, Lancaster County public works director said.

Have you ever been on a melting road before? Tell us your experience in the comments!

[H/T: Telegraph, ABC Australia, FOX 43]

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