Fair Oaks Ford Host Drivers' Education Clinics for Local Teens

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Fair Oaks Ford Dealerships in Chicago welcomed students from Naperville North High School for an exciting and educational field trip to prepare the students for the responsibility of vehicle ownership. The young drivers spent a day learning about automotive maintenance, credit and financing, safe driving tactics and the importance of car insurance.

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I learned more in those few hours than I could have in a regular class for the whole year! Thank you so much Ford for this experience!

A Ford dealer near Chicago recently welcomed students from Naperville North High School for a day of education about the responsibilities of car ownership. Regardless if they drive a brand new luxury car or a used F-150 Chicago students have to learn the ropes about automotive maintenance, credit and financing, safe driving tactics and the importance of car insurance. Fair Oaks Ford dealer close to Chicago was a classroom for a day for tomorrow’s drivers.

The staff of Fair Oaks Ford set up four separate stations to create ‘hands-on’ learning experiences for the North High School Students. The first station taught basic mechanical skills like checking fluid levels and tire pressure. This station was manned by Mark Fisher, a Ford Factory Certified mechanic who explained to the students the basics of car maintenance. They found out how to check the oil in the car by pulling out the dipstick, learned about the computerized Ford SYNC system, and even got to sit in the trunk and check out a safety feature that allows the car’s trunk to open from the inside.

With the Ford SYNC system the driver can call or text anybody with the push of a button on the steering wheel and when talking on the phone, the driver can hear the person on all the speakers of the car. Same with a text message: the text is read aloud by a computerized female voice Mark jokingly calls “Bertha.” The students got a chance to talk with “Bertha” and seemed to get a real thrill from having a conversation with a vehicle.

Then the student witnessed a live airbag deployment. Mr. Fisher took the steering wheel off of a car, hooked it up to a battery, and set off the detonator to deploy the airbag; For many of the students this was their first time in a real auto shop and the sight of a steering wheel flying 30 feet through the air is an image they will not soon forget.

The next station was a twenty-five minute video describing a pair of traffic accidents that occurred because the drivers were distracted by something in their car; cell phones, stereo, and passengers can all serve as a source of distraction. The video was reinforced by a local Naperville traffic officer who explained the laws regarding traffic accidents and how to properly respond in case of a collision. As more young people begin their driving careers it is important for them to be aware of the seriousness of the responsibility of driving.

State Farm Insurance had a station set up to educate students on the importance of car insurance. Manny Arroyo represented State Farm Insurance and led the students in an exciting game of Jeopardy. The prizes for the participants ranged from water bottles and candy to pens, pencils and key chains. The students were very active in the lesson and learned details about car insurance that are very beneficial to new drivers.

The final station kept with the game show theme but this time it was Who Wants To Be A Millionaire-style quiz show being staged by the Fair Oaks Ford finance department. This game was a fun way to explain the rules and regulations of credit and how exactly financing works. The Fair Oaks Ford finance department organized the students into two teams and familiarized them with the concepts of credit scores, interest rates and the importance of paying bills on time.

As high school students are apt to do, praise for the dealership came in the form of postings to Fair Oaks Ford’s Facebook page.

“I learned more in those few hours than I could have in a regular class for the whole year! Thank you so much Ford for this experience!”

Aleksandra Kumor (posted to Fair Oaks Ford Facebook page)
Naperville North High School Driver’s Education Student

“The staff there was kind and put much time and effort in organizing everything in order for this field trip to happen and there were free doughnuts. I want to thank the entire Fair Oaks Ford Staff for having the Naperville North High School driver’s education classes come over and spend some time learning about cars!”

Harris Ahmad (posted to Fair Oaks Ford Facebook page)
Naperville North High School Driver’s Education Student

This release was written by Matthew Jorn, EIC of Jorn & Price Automotive Marketing. JP Automotive Marketing provides proven auto dealer marketing systems to franchised auto dealers across the country and can be reached toll-free at (866)319-4745 or online at jpautomotivemarketing.com

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