• May 1, 2011
Popular Mechanics is searching for America's worst roads, and it needs your help. Readers from all over the U.S. are encouraged to submit photos showing just how bad their local thoroughfares are. Once the submissions have been evaluated, PM will choose its top five.

The "winning" roads will get a visit from the Popular Mechanics crew, who will analyze just how screwed-up it is with a custom data-logging device. Strapped onto a car, the analytical tool's multi-axis accelerometer will provide information to the researchers and help them determine which road is the worst of the bunch.

A few ground rules are in place, however, because certain roads have to be excluded from testing. The magazine isn't interested in private roads, or "streets" that lack paving. Editors are looking for standard roads that, over time, have gone from smooth to suspension-busting. Head over to Popular Mechanics for information on sending in your local road for consideration, if you feel it makes the cut.

[Source: Popular Mechanics | Image: Monica's Dad/Flickr via CC 2.0]


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      Anthony Eckstorm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just drive on any road in michigan! I75 is bad!
      rsholland
      • 3 Years Ago
      My recent trip to NJ rewarded me with a flat tire. :(
      Sean
      • 3 Years Ago
      Staten Island. We not only have to deal with mob wives and situations, we also deal with really crappy roads.
      Emmanuel Cabrera
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they are counting Puerto Rico in this then we shall submit the whole island...
        dcbuckeye
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Emmanuel Cabrera
        I agree with this. I'm down there for work quite a bit and the road surfaces are terrible. I lost a the front driver wheel on a rental Fusion down by Caguas.
      Pat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good thing Canada is out otherwise the entire province of Qu├ębec would take the show away!
      Michael Flux
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh how I wish the roads in Michigan were as perfectly smooth as the road in the picture!
      tscurt
      • 3 Years Ago
      The BQE (278) going through Brooklyn. It simply doesn't get any better (worse).
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      See: Michigan. But here in Virginia, we have some nice roads. Even where I am near D.C., but the best are in the countryside.
      Dane Grant
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chicago, you can pick any street....
      David Spillman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come to Ohio, our state bird is a construction barrel....for extra fun, come to Nelsonville, where tie rod end and axle replacement is a matter of course.
      Galen
      • 3 Years Ago
      like most other people have said, Detroit Metro area is by far the absolute worst
      Vineeth Vazhayil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tri state area should score high in this..
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