BRAZOS COUNTY, TEXAS — The automotive industry is still seeing temporary effects the winter storm left, effectively slowing them down in their tracks.
Our roads look much better now than the slick icy conditions that blanketed them two weeks ago. With the treacherous conditions, some drivers found themselves in unfamiliar environments, resulting in damage and collisions.
For DeMontrond Collision Center in Bryan, collisions are normally what comes through their garage doors, and the demand from vehicles needing repairs from our winter storm was no exception.
“We are seeing a lot of front-end hits, undercarriage damage, slipping off of the road due to the ice… Hitting curbs. A lot of mechanical jobs with suspension, because people just lost control, hit curbs, and then hit off the road,” Sam Egan, Body Shop Manager at DeMontrond shared with 25 News.
Egan says, he didn’t see as many damaged cars as he anticipated from the dire icy conditions, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, because that meant cars stayed off the roads.
“With COVID-19, there’s not as much traffic on the road with the kids not being in school and then with the freeze, I think a lot of people took the cautious route and stayed home which is the safe bet,” Egan added.
Egan says he believes dealers were also using caution and not risking their drivers out on the roads, resulting in parts like bumpers, taking a little longer to come in.
“It’s kinda evening out here now. I think everything is getting back to…