During the 2nd annual HD Repair Forum event held in Fort Worth, Texas, in March 2019, John Spoto, National Heavy Duty Truck Commercial Fleet manager for the 3M Company gave a fascinating presentation on the effects of a crash and how so much can happen in a very short amount of time.
The collision industry went through many changes during the 1970s.
Auto body associations had been around since the 1940s.
Most people in the auto collision industry agree that the collision industry was born around 1946.
The American fleet had grown exponentially by the 1970s.
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), a computer-aided means of keeping a vehicle in its lane and preventing or mitigating collisions, is a relatively new concept in the automotive world and even newer for the trucking world.
Truck Topics is a new series of articles seen periodically in Autobody News that is dedicated to the collision side of the heavy duty truck market.
We see them all the time---semi trucks, trailers, buses, RVs, dump trucks and other pieces of heavy equipment wrecked in what had to be a horrendous crash.
If the 1940s and 1950s marked the industry’s earliest “modern” beginnings and the 1960s signified the industry’s “grammar school” years, the 1970s could be seen as its teenage years.
By the mid-1950s, more than a million Americans had been in car accidents and died on the nation’s roads and highways.