When one car is involved in a collision with another car several events will quickly follow. An ambulance will likely be called by a passerby with a cell phone. The police will likewise be alerted. A tow truck will be called. These professionals will descend on the scene and assess the situation. The medical professionals will assess the drivers and passengers in both vehicles to see if anyone has been seriously injured enough to warrant treatment. If so, they will be taken away to a medical center after the medical professionals have stabilized them. The police will work to get the vehicles off the road and redirect traffic if needed. They will also interview the victims and witnesses to ascertain if there was a violation of traffic regulations. The tow truck driver will make preparations to remove the vehicles and transport them to an auto body repair Salt Lake City.
Eventually everything will be sorted out. The injured parties will be taken away for medical treatment. The guilty parties will be charge with crimes. The entire incident will be documented. The cars will be driven away or towed off to auto body Salt Lake City repair shops. And the debris will be removed from the street. The next day it might not even be apparent that an automobile accident had occurred upon that very spot.
Meanwhile the cars involved in the accident will sit in a collision repair Salt Lake City shop where they will be attended to by mechanics. They will hammer out the dents, replace broken parts and repaint the cars where needed. It is interesting to note how the system is set up to make it look as if the accident never happened. All that will remain of the accident are the criminal charges, the wounds that never healed and the hidden damage that the mechanics never located.
I run an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop. The other day (which day I can’t rightly remember exactly) I ran across an intriguing repair job problem. I was working on a 2014 Honda Accord. The specific car I was working on was a bright canary yellow as I recall. The make, model and color of the car does not specifically pertain to the technical issue I ran into but it does affix the car in my memory.
This car had a damaged radiator core support that I was aiming to fix. The air conditioner itself was not the least bit damaged and happened to be fully charged at the time I assessed the situation. The problem I faced was that the air conditioner was blocking my repair access to the core support that happened to be damaged. I spent a long time trying to figure out a way to access the core support without removing the condenser. Sometimes it helps to just put the tools down, walk outside the auto body Salt Lake City shop, breathe in some fresh air and get some perspective on the problem. Usually when I take this approach I find that the answer will come to me a lot faster than it would if I remained in the garage scratching my head.
Finally the answer came to me. I walked back inside the collision repair Salt Lake City shop and approached the yellow Honda Accord. I then proceeded to recover the refrigerant from the condenser. Once it was drained, I removed the condenser. It turns out that there was no other way to do it. This was what came to me as I stood outside taking in the fresh air. Sometimes the solution to a problem is the simplest but not necessarily the most convenient one.
I work in an auto body repair shop in Salt Lake City. I employ two technicians named Jimmy and Sammy respectively. Two days ago Jimmy and Sammy were working on a 1998 Honda Civic when I overheard them arguing about the function of the coolant recovery system. It seems Jimmy said that the function of the coolant recovery system is to keep excess coolant from being lost. Sammy, however, argued that the function of the coolant recovery system is to return coolant when the cooling system goes into a vacuum.
I have been in this business for a long time and have had many different technicians working for me. The one thing I have noticed as a consistent theme running through all the various combinations of technicians is that they all like to argue and they all hate to admit they are wrong. Jimmy and Sammy are no different in this respect. So I had to think very carefully as to whether I wanted to intervene on this argument of theirs. I certainly did not want to bruise either of their egos. A wounded pride could cause the relational dynamic to change for the worse in this collision repair business in Salt Lake City and that is the last thing I want. I am in the business of putting food on my table after all.
Of course I knew that both Jimmy and Sammy were correct. Keeping excess coolant from being lost and returning coolant when the cooling system goes into a vacuum are both functions of a coolant recovery system. But I also knew that I had nothing to gain by intervening in their argument. I risked having both of them angry with me. My solution, I left the auto body shop and went to lunch. I figured by the time I got back they would be having a different argument entirely.
If you have a young male driver in your household chances are he is going to receive a few speeding tickets and get into more than a few accidents. Hopefully he will never be in need of an auto body repair shop in Salt Lake City or Washington DC. But he probably will. I know this because I was once a young male driver myself.
When I took my driver’s license exam I did not pass my first time around. I can remember passing the written portion and feeling pretty good about that. But when I went out for my road test I accidentally ran a red light. I remember asking the instructor, “Does that mean I failed?” He did not answer my question and simply instructed me to return to the Department of Motor Vehicles parking lot. I did as instructed and felt pretty humiliated being around the other people who had passed the exam. Two weeks later I retook the exam and passed. I was extra careful and I remember the instructor once telling me that “the car’s not going to get up the hill by itself.”
Over the years after I got my license I was constantly being issued speeding tickets and getting into minor fender benders. My first speeding ticket was $80 which seemed like a lot of money at the time. I was a high school student in the late 1980s. I remember driving to my girlfriend’s house on a Friday night through a suburban neighborhood and not paying particularly close attention to my speed. The cop was parked on the side of the road and pulled out after me. I remember seeing his light flash in the rear view mirror and feeling a deep sense of dread in the pit of my stomach. Another time I remember driving to pick up a pizza with the radio blasting. I recall looking in the rear view mirror at the one day growth of scruff on my face. When I looked back at the road I ran right into the car in front of me. There were three old ladies inside. Luckily no one was hurt. My car’s front bumper was smashed in and had to be towed away to the collision repair shop in Salt Lake City.
After those two events I learned to be more cautions and pay better attention when I drove. As a result my tickets and accidents dramatically decreased in number. I suppose the take home message is to impress upon the young male driver in your household the importance of paying close attention when he is new to the road.