A Honda sedan travelling through Tupapa on Thursday did just that when a suspension bolt and steering rod snapped, leaving the vehicle immobilised in the middle of the road at around 7.30am.
At peak hour, traffic was backed up on both sides as police directed traffic around the hazard and a truck and crane were used to lift the car out of the way.
The driver, a visitor to the island from New Zealand who only wanted to be identified as “Locky”, said he was travelling in his sister’s car.
The car was finally out of the way by 9am, allowing traffic to again freely flow through Tupapa.
Police this week once again pointed to the poor condition of the island’s badly-potholed roads as the cause of accidents and other problems.