Wreckers, mechanics ready for inclement cold weather's aftermath

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Feb. 2, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 1, 2011 at 8:02 p.m.

Jimmy Matula remembers the bitterly cold weather that affected the Crossroads 22 years ago.

His collision shop had been open for about three years and the 1989 cold snap had brought in more wrecks because of icy roads.

"There was just accident after accident," said Matula, who owns Matula's Collision Center.

Though his business needs to stay up and running, he advises people to avoid the roads Thursday and Friday, when the most dangerous weather is expected to be in the Crossroads.

"I hate to see people have accidents, period," he said. "But accidents are going to happen."

Matula advises keeping cars in the garage and if that's not possible, putting them away from the north wind could help.

The collision center's biggest wave of collision repair and collision estimations happens during deer season.

The center has been seeing an influx of people bringing in their vehicles after hitting deer and hogs. Matula was unsure how this weather would affect them in terms of influx of business.

Allan's Wrecker Service is also ready for the weather woes.

Allan Miller, owner, said drivers need to make sure they have antifreeze in their cars.

Driving slow, giving yourself extra time to get an appointment and just avoiding the roads if at all possible is the best advice, Miller said.

The wrecker service has nine drivers working throughout Thursday and Friday for the possibility of increased wrecks. Those drivers and two more are on stand-by, he added.

"Stay in," he said about traveling Thursday and Friday.



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