Lincoln-Way Central Auto Shop Helps Local Seniors Get Ready for Winter Driving
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Winter weather is quickly approaching and Lincoln-Way Central has partnered with the Village of New Lenox to ensure senior citizens are prepared to drive in whatever Mother Nature brings.

Auto Shop students performed vehicle safety inspections for about 25 senior citizens. They checked fluid and antifreeze levels, belts, hoses, tested the battery, and inspected tires for unusual wear or cracking/dry rot between the treads or on the sidewall.

Additionally, they checked lights, turn signals, and wipers, items that don't always get checked but are sure to create issues if neglected.

“These are the regular inspections Lincoln-Way auto students are taught to make when performing oil changes on vehicles,” said auto teacher Tony Ogarek. “Once the inspections are completed, we will be making recommendations based on our findings.”

This is the first year for the partnership between the Village of New Lenox and Lincoln-Way Central.

“Seniors sometimes don’t know where to take their car. They don’t want to go to an auto shop and think they may get taken advantage of,” said Dan Martin, Safe Community Coordinator for the Village of New Lenox. “This is good training for the students, and it’s a nice way to give back and help the seniors.”

“The students get to refine their newly learned automotive skills on many different live customer vehicles, and give back to the community by making sure senior citizens’ cars are roadworthy as well. It's just like anything else in life, the more you do it, the better you get at it. It's a "win-win" for all parties involved,” said Mr. Ogarek.

NAPA Auto Parts in New Lenox donated the parts used by the students.