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335 South Frontage Rd., Centerville UT, 84014

Dave's Auto Center - Parents of Young Drivers Take Heed

8/8/2013 4:54:00 PM by Dave's Auto Center

Dave's Auto Center's tow truck was recently dispatched yet again to the scene of a crash involving a young driver who was distracted when using a cell phone. Fortunately, this time there were no fatalities, or even injuries. This young lady had received her driver's license that very day. She was distracted by being on her phone talking with her brother seconds before the crash. Although she had hung up the phone, she hadn't been focusing on her driving, and had been coasting downhill with the truck in neutral while the vehicle was not running.

Unable to use the brakes at full capacity, she crashed through a neighbor's yard, taking down small trees and narrowly missing the trampoline on the left of the photo. This is a trampoline area that is usually populated with young children. The owners of the home have 6 children, ages 12 and younger, who are often playing in that very area. But they were all safely inside watching a movie when the truck came careening through their backyard, ending up teetering on their retaining wall. The young driver was shaken and crying, but unharmed.

We see this all too often in our towing business: wrecks caused by young drivers who have been on their cell phones while driving. Being a AAA approved shop, we sought the help of AAA for suggestions for our customers with young drivers. They recommended this series of  educational videos that can help alert teens to some of the hazards on the road. They are short and captivating video clips that cover a variety of topics, including the hazards of distracted driving.

From all of us at Dave's Auto Center, we wish you and your family a safe driving experience.

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Dave's Auto Center - The Scoop on ASE Mechanics

7/29/2013 7:28:00 PM by Dave's Auto Center

Dave's Auto Center - The Scoop on ASE Mechanics

How do you find a great mechanic? Dave's Auto Center, in Centerville and Layton Utah, knows this is a big question for consumers.
Centerville, UT (BizHWY) July 17, 2013 - The short answer of how to find a great mechanic is probably word of mouth. Another option is to check if they are ASE certified, or even better if they are ASE master certified. Since there are no state licensing requirements, tests, or educational requirements to be a mechanic, ASE is one of the ways to qualify a mechanic.

ASE is a voluntary program for mechanics. The acronym stands for The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. They offer a series of tests, run by the same people who do the well known ACT testing. A mechanic can become ASE certified in 8 different areas of auto repair, after completing 2 years of on the job work. They undergo rigorous testing to qualify. In fact, there are only about 350,000 ASE technicians in the U.S.

Miles Bell, owner, says "We believe it is important to our customers that the technicians who work on their vehicles are well trained and qualified. We require this certification of our technicians because only the cream of the crop are willing to do it. ASE certification is demanding and ongoing, they need to be retested every 5 years to maintain it."

This is what is said about ASE mechanics:

Because the ASE program is primarily voluntary, ASE certification becomes a self-selecting credential that weeds out the incompetent. And while ASE does not certify repair shops or police individual business practices, it stands to reason that those shop owners and managers who support their service employees' efforts to become technically certified will be as concerned about the other aspects of their business as well. (ASE Website)

At Dave's Auto Center, we are proud of our hard working and dedicated technicians. Of our 5 employees, ALL of them are ASE technicians. And 3 of them are Master ASE technicians.

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Dave's Auto Center - A Flag For Every Child

7/3/2013 1:23:00 PM by Dave's Auto Center

Flag day hardly receives any attention these days. It is overshadowed by the  bigger celebrations, the 4th of July and Pioneer Day. But one Utah business would like children to celebrate our country's flag, and wants to do so by trying to pass out a flag to every child in their city. Miles Bell, owner of Dave's Auto Center in Centerville and Layton, says "I remember learning to love the flag as a child. I loved the respect the flag received as a boy scout, and vividly recall how it inspired me when we retired several flags in ceremony".

It is fitting that flag day is thought to have developed with school children back in 1885. A school teacher, BJ Cigrand, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, to celebrate the flag on June 14th to recognize the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777.

Later, inspired by three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

Miles states that he hopes in some small way he can help children in his community to reflect upon the meaning of the flag as he passes out flags to children the week before June 14th. Please stop by for a free flag at either location. 335 S Frontage Road in Centerville, or 1365 N Main in Layton. The website has informative articles, videos and more at davesautorepairutah.com.

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