Ratchet roads leave Houston drivers with big bills

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HOUSTON, TX-- Is maintaining your car about to put you in the poor house?  While gas prices have been dropping, automobile repair costs have been going up, up, up-- to the tune of $300 more this year than last year here in Houston.

What's behind that? TRIP, a national transportation research group, blames our terrible road conditions. They say in Houston, our roads will cost the average driver $772 this year in car repairs.

Strangely enough, we're only 19th on the list for those costs in big cities. Number one is San Francisco  (and  you thought everyone there got around by cable car). Live there, and you'll pay on average $1044 fixing your car this year.

Part of the problem is the number of large commercial vehicles on our roads has increased 79% over the last 25 years. Heavier trucks mean more stress to the roads. And what's worse?  They expect 72% more of those vehicles driving around by 2030.

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