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Illinois High Schoolers Help Seniors Winter-Prep Their Cars

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A spirit of gratitude and giving characterize the holiday season. That’s why the students at Lincoln-Way Central High School recently provided free vehicle inspections to local seniors to help them ready their cars for winter.

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A mutually-beneficial experience

The Village of New Lenox and its Safe Communities America Coalition, as well as Country Financial, have joined forces to make this opportunity possible. Per the Chicago Tribune, the experience is helpful for both the seniors and the mechanic students involved.

Anthony Ogarek, one of the instructors at Lincoln-Way Central, expressed a common obstacle that elderly drivers face with auto maintenance. “Many people don’t […] get their vehicles inspected because they may not be sure mechanics will be honest with them.” The students provide transparent, free inspections that help seniors feel confident and comfortable getting their cars vetted.

For the high schoolers, it’s a refreshing change of pace because they get experience inspecting more types and conditions of vehicles than they do in a given class period. “The basic concept is the same, it’s just finding things in different places on different models. This is great exposure for them,” said Ogarek.

Car Mechanic Wrench Thumbs UpIssues that the students detected

During each inspection, the students inspected batteries, tires, hoses, belts, and fluid levels. A tire-wall bulge, low batteries, and congested cooling systems were just a few of the issues that the high schoolers diagnosed during this year’s event.

Safe Community coordinator Dan Martin expressed his support of the program. “These preventive efforts are greatly appreciated and help keep our roadways safe.”

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