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When you have an accident, you might worry your car will never be the same. To get repairs that work right and long-term, it’s important to find an Austin collision center with technicians trained in the latest technology to repair your vehicle.
Collision repair on new vehicles goes beyond fixing dents in the car’s body. A majority of a newer car’s operating functions are computerized, and technicians need to have current training to have the skills required to make the repairs. Some body shops in Austin can make the repairs, but some may not be able to fully repair the newest models.
The right repair equipment
It takes new equipment to provide collision repair on the latest vehicles. Find out if you can visit a body shop before taking your car there. If you see technology that looks older, that shop may not have the ability to make the repairs properly.
Maintaining the latest technology to repair new vehicles is a costly expense for any body shop, so many go years between getting new equipment.
As you talk to someone about their technology at a collision center, ask about the training for technicians and if they are certified. Inquire about specific certifications by your vehicle manufacturer. Manufacturers train technicians to repair their vehicle to their specifications. Also, if your vehicle is hybrid, ask if anyone has received training specifically for hybrid vehicles.
A few years ago, manufacturers introduced more than 140 redesigned cars to the market. This means techs must learn about new features on the vehicles and how to make the repairs.
Training should be frequent and recent. A tech may not be well trained to work on your new vehicle if they were last trained a few years ago.
The team of technicians at Ellis & Salazar Automotive and Collision, an Austin body shop, completes ongoing training from manufacturers and other sources so the repairs to your car are exactly as the manufacturer requires. We also routinely invest in the latest technology. Our team can repair your vehicle no matter how old or how new. Give us a call for a free estimate.
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We live in a world where much of what we do in public is on camera. If you go inside a business, you may be on a security camera. When attending events, you may be in someone’s video from a smartphone. And now, more drivers use dash cameras than ever before. Many people use them in their personal vehicles to capture various perspectives while driving.
There is not a specific law in Texas that pertains to dash cameras. However, there are privacy and driving laws that drivers using a dash camera should know.
With cameras that surround us in public and people using their smartphones, it is easy to forget that we do have rights to our privacy.
Recording video from a dash camera while driving is not against the law in Austin, as long as it is hands-free. Mount the camera on the dash and never maneuver it while driving. If you are recording audio, remember the privacy laws in Texas regarding consent to being recorded with audio.
Also, it is not against the law to record a traffic stop, or any interaction with police, in Texas.
Keep a clear view
If your dash camera is mounted on the dashboard or on your windshield, do not put it in a location that blocks your view. Make sure your camera doesn’t prevent you from seeing vital road signs, pedestrians, or other vehicles.
Also, never depend on a dash camera as your view for driving. The camera can serve as a different perspective of what you see while driving and can become an extra set of eyes, but should not be relied upon for safety.
Benefits of accident video for a collision center
Drivers who get into a wreck can provide the video footage to their body shop for repair technicians to review. Technicians can then have a better understanding of the impact to the car and possible damage.
The video can also be helpful for insurance agents, determining blame for an accident, or viewing your driving behaviors that may have caused the crash.
At Ellis & Salazar Automotive and Collision, a body shop in Austin, we have provided high quality collision repair to vehicles for more than 60 years. The more details you have regarding the accident can help our technicians provide the most accurate repairs to your car so you can get back on the road.
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It may come as no surprise to Austin drivers that major collisions are a problem in the capitol city. Accidents in Texas caused over 3,700 deaths on the roads in 2017, and over 17,000 people sustaining a serious injury in crashes.
With more than 675,000 miles of highways in Texas, there is a lot of ground for drivers to cover, and many drivers unfamiliar with the roads. Drivers should know where the most accident-prone highways are near them so they can use caution.
Most dangerous highways in Austin
If you live in Austin and hear the traffic reports, you may not be surprised at the highways that made a list of most dangerous highways in a recent study. There are five highways that were ranked among the deadliest.
Those highways are U.S. 290, State Highway 71, U.S 183, Interstate 35, and FM 734. During the period of the study from 2013 to 2015, there are 127 fatalities along these roads.
Driving on dangerous highways
Avoiding congested highways in the Austin area may be impossible if you commute daily to work. Here are some tips to drive cautiously and safely in commuter traffic:
- Pay attention! Use your mirrors and be aware of the cars around you. Knowing where things are ahead of time can help you maneuver quickly if you need to navigate or avoid a collision.
- Check the speed limit. It may be tempting to speed up when traffic around you picks up, but moving fast can increase your chances of a collision – especially if another unexpected slowdown arises.
- Put up the phone and drive. It is not only against the law in Austin, it can cause a serious car accident. Use hands-free technology if you have it (set it up before you drive) or simply turn your phone on silent and put away out of sight.
- Have a plan. Using a GPS or knowing your route ahead of time can save you from confusion. Some of Austin’s exits and roads are narrow or hard to spot. Knowing where you’re going will prevent you from making last-minute lane changes, increasing your chances of a collision.
- Keep your necessities handy. If you typically use a water bottle, tissues, sunglasses, or anything else you might need on the road, keep them within easy arms reach so you’re not distracted trying to get them from a bag or the backseat.
Ellis & Salazar Automotive and Collision, an Austin body shop, has been part of the Austin community for more than 60 years. Our body shop team has watched the city grow and the roads expand. We have repaired thousands of cars involved in accidents over the years, and we take pride in providing the highest quality auto body repair. If you are in a collision, our certified technicians will take care of your vehicle. Use our Smart Estimating Tool to schedule a free estimate so you can get back on the road.