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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014


The first driving school in the world opens for business in London, England; the British School of Motoring. In the US, the first driver-training and auto-maintenance classes were established in the spring of 1935 by industrial engineering professor, Amos Neyhart at the State College Area School District in State College, Pennsylvania. Spurred-on by President Roosevelt’s New Deal Policy to create jobs, the curriculum was expanded and by 1940, was a required segment of the high school curriculum. Professor Neyhart then worked together with the American Automobile Association to create driver training courses on a national scale. Despite the professor’s best efforts, the number of auto accidents continued to climb.

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