Colorado

Feb 4, 2014 11:30 PM by Maddie Garrett

Collision Centers Busier Than Ever Due to Extended Snow

With so much snow over the past week, it's may be no surprise that accidents are up in Southern Colorado. That means it's crunch time at Red Noland Collision Center.

"So we have a suspension guy right now that is here at 5 o'clock in the morning and leaving at 6 or 7 o'clock at night," said General Manager Dale Francis.

With all of this weather, business is up at his body shop.

"We're busy, we're booked up into the first of March right now," said Francis.

They have more than 60 cars in the shop right now, and the most common damage they're seeing are curb checks.

"We're finding that they're hitting the curbs and not really realizing right away that they have any kind of damage, until they start wearing out tires or the steering wheel's a little bit crooked," explained Francis.

That's exactly what happened to Jordan Landry in Colorado Springs.

"Car spun out, and rear end slammed into the curb which wasn't visible and I damaged my back rear tire, bent the sub-frame of my car, the stabilizer and the traverse bar," said Landry.

At first he didn't think the damage was that bad.

"I thought I just popped the tire, that's all it sounded like, but it was much more severe than that," he said.

Landry isn't alone. With several days of snow, freezing temps and more to come, more drivers are hitting curbs and each other.

It's especially tough for drivers like Landry. He's lived in Florida and south Louisiana, and he had to learn the hard way about navigating the snow and ice.

"Never had anything like it before, so I didn't really know what to expect, but now I do," explained Landry.

If you do get into an accident, Francis said don't wait to get your car checked out. That could cause more damage and cost you more money in the end.

"You have, not just the tire wearing out, but you have the mechanical parts wearing abnormally when they could have been fixed with a good alignment," added Francis.

Here's what you should do if you start to skid: Don't push the gas or the brake, and try and steer your car in the direction you want to go. Also start braking much earlier than you normally do to avoid rear-ending the car in front of you.

 

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