AAA brings vehicle expertise to Martins Ferry High School to help kids become car savvy


Students at Martins Ferry High School got a free car inspection.

AAA sent their experts to check out the vehicles the students drive, to make sure they’re safe in every way.

The inspectors ended up learning as much about the students as their cars.

“There’s a lack of knowledge pertaining to checking their oil, checking their tire pressure,” said Duane Davidson, AAA tow truck driver.

Another inspector said there’s actually a reason for that.

“The times have changed such that people aren’t going to be as mechanically inclined anymore,” said Gary Smith. “It’s more computerized, electronic and diagnostic.”

They discovered some serious problems with the students’ cars.

“We found some vehicles that didn’t have any oil on the stick at all,” said Jeff Jones, AAA automotive service specialist. “That could be very dangerous because that could cause the engine to seize up.”

“There was one car that only had ten pounds of pressure in the tires,” said Gary Smith. “That’s pretty dangerous if you get out on the highway.”

But some kids and their cars did well.

“Everything seems to be pretty good,” said Ashlee Vah, a senior at Martins Ferry High School. “I just need a little bit more wiper fluid.”

“It was nice though,” added Gary Smith. “This morning there was a young girl that came out, and she was trained by her father to check the oil;. She knew where the dipstick was.”

Students spun the wheel for a question to answer.

For instance, true or false–is it safer to talk to your passenger or to talk on your phone?

“I’m going to say your passenger,” one student answered tentatively.

And it was true.

He won a tire gauge and a lanyard.

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