Community invited to test driving skills, learn basic preventive maintenance, tour new facility
KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region is partnering with American Driving Academy and Z Tech Rhino Linings and Audio Plus for the college’s second community car clinic on Saturday, Oct. 12. The clinic, aptly named “All Jacked Up,” will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ivy Tech Automotive Institute, 1942 E. North St., and will focus on basic skills that every driver should master.
Intended for ages 14 and older, admission is free. The clinic will include drawings for door prizes and free lunch catered by Parrett’s Catering and the first 100 participants will receive an “All Jacked Up” T-shirt.
“Ivy Tech is happy to have this opportunity for our automotive institute students to share their learning experiences with the community,” said Mitchell Gauger, Ivy Tech Kokomo admissions advisor and coordinator for the event. “We’ll be sharing information that’s valuable whether you’re a seasoned driver or a novice just going through driver ed.
“Participants will be able to learn more about how to adequately maintain a vehicle,” he continued. “Preventive maintenance is a great way to save money by avoiding wear and tear that could lead to breakdowns, expensive repairs and even potential accidents. Through a variety of activities, participants also will have a chance to test their driving skills and really see the dangers of impaired driving, whether by drinking or texting.”
The clinic will include mini-seminars on:
• Proper tire inflation and how to change a flat tire
• How to check automotive fluids
• How to properly jump-start a vehicle, and more.
“At the very least, drivers need to know how to change a tire,” said Mike Erny, program chair for Ivy Tech’s Automotive Technology program in Kokomo. “Every parent of a new driver should plan to bring their teen to this event. My students will provide up-close demonstrations in small group settings so each person will leave confident in the knowledge they gain to perform these basic tasks.”
Participants also will have hands-on opportunities to test their driving skills and safety knowledge:
• Courtesy of AAA Hoosier Motor Club and American Driving Academy, drivers can participate in a car rodeo, negotiating a serpentine obstacle course to compete for prizes for the best times with a chance to see what texting while driving can mean.
• The Kokomo Police Department will offer “sobriety tests” for people wearing “beer goggles” that demonstrate the effects of drinking on vision, motor – and driving – skills.
• And the Z Tech Audio Sound-off will test participants’ vehicle sound systems to measure volume against legal limits – and each other.
In addition to the two lead supporters, American Driving Academy and ZTech Rhino Linings and Audio Plus, this event is being sponsored by local businesses including:
• Kokomo Heritage Federal Credit Union
• Indy Tire
• Regions Insurance
• O’Reilly’s Auto Parts
• Mike’s Car Wash
• Mobile Lube Express
• AAA Hoosier Motor Club
• Kokomo Police Department
• Parrett’s Catering
Local members of the Kokomo New Car Dealers Association are loaning vehicles for the seminar demonstrations. Those new car dealers include:
• H.E. McGonigal, Co.
• Button Motors
• Kokomo Auto World
• Eriks Chevrolet
For more information, contact Mitchell Gauger at 800-459-0561, ext. 237, or firstname.lastname@example.org.