Learn Car Safety & Maintenance Basics Aug. 25

ADV Insurance Agency Producer Augusta Dyson, left, and KJM Auto Body and Glass, LLC Owner Kellie Michel will host a car safety and maintenence event Aug. 25 at KJM Auto Body and Glass. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

If you were driving and your car got a flat tire, would you be able to fix it yourself? Or when it comes time to change your car’s oil, could it be done at your own garage and not a professional’s?

The mechanics of a car can seem mysterious but KJM Auto Body and Glass, LLC Owner Kellie Michel and ADV Insurance Agency Producer Augusta Dyson are hoping to provide an education in vehicles to drivers of all ages.

Together, they are hosting an event called Auto Care and Safety Basics from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at KJM Auto Body located at 195 Knecht. It is located next door to NAPA Auto Parts.

The event will offer demonstrations on various auto maintenance such as checking tire pressure, checking oil, changing tires, replacing windshield wipers and other general maintenance. There also will be opportunities to ask questions. Plus, hot dogs and hamburgers will be served and door prizes will be offered.

Michel said the idea to hold this event started because she has two teenage daughters who are learning to drive and as a result, she realized basic car maintenance is something everyone should know.

“I just want to try to educate the community on basic car maintenance … we are open to everyone but we are trying to educate teen drivers,” Michel said.

Besides car maintenance, Dyson said they want to encourage safe driving practices such as not texting while driving.

Being in the insurance business, Dyson sees the financial tolls that can be made due to unsafe driving but the event is really about the safety of everyone on the road. Plus, she pointed out no one wants to wait on the side of the road for hours for a tow truck to show up.

“I am always talking to parents about maximum discounts and savings but mostly we are focusing on safe driving and maintenance,” Dyson said.

“It’s just a good thing for the community and the town,” she added.

Still, people can save money if they are able to do some car maintenance themselves. For instance, Michel said people can by an oil change kit for $50 whereas a trip to the automotive business could cost $80.

Dyson said safe driving can also lead to savings for insurance.

Depending on the attendance at the event, Michel said they might make it an annual event. “If we have a great turnout I think it’s something we’ll do yearly,” she said.

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