(12/27/12) - It's been a wild drive around many parts of Mid-Michigan, as people try to make there way through 1-5 inches of snow from the snow storm.
As of noon Thursday, I-475 was wet with some slushy spots. Side roads in Genesee and Shiawassee County are snow covered and slippery.
Cars slipping and spinning were all too common Thursday morning, and Mid-Michigan automotive repair shops kept busy because of the snow.
"As soon as the snow started yesterday, our business started picking up. Tire-related business, a lot of people purchasing new tires, having repairs done because of not being able to see potholes or debris in the road," said Troy Newsome, KanRock Tire manager.
The Serra Body Shop was packed with cars that slid off the road, or were involved in collisions.
"It started right as the snow started falling. We took in 42 cars yesterday, 11 were tow-ins. We expect that many tow-ins today," said Brian Sugar, Serra Body Shop manager.
While some of the repairs were due to car-deer accidents, many of the vehicles were in because of the weather.
"You tend to get more one-car accidents when the weather gets like this, where you do get a lot of going-into-ditches, going-off-roads, but it's a pretty mixed bag of a lot of things," Sugar said.
When today's cars get in accidents, the repair bill can be frightening.
"If the air bags go off, you easily talking $8-9,000 for an average. But nowadays a typical repair is about $4,000," Sugar said.
Maybe as we polish up our winter driving skills, we'll see fewer accidents.
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