December 21, 2014

Medina
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Students learn lessons about their first car

Medina senior Maddy Hartline, 18, checks in with Same Rae, a AAA travel consultant, during a safety check Thursday morning at Medina High School.  (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Medina senior Maddy Hartline, 18, checks in with Same Rae, a AAA travel consultant, during a safety check Thursday morning at Medina High School. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

More than 150 Medina High School students had their cars inspected by AAA employees Thursday morning as part of a safety initiative sponsored by the automobile association.

The number of student vehicles inspected doubled the state record for the event, said Kimberly Schwind, a representative for AAA who helped organize the inspection.

“It’s a free service to students and the idea is we don’t want them to break down,” Schwind said.

Fluid levels, lights, tire pressure and treads, batteries, belts and hoses were checked. Students who completed the inspection received a list of things to check and a hamburger or hot dog lunch.

Teens also were asked to sign a pledge to not text and drive.

Medina Detective Mike Wesner, the school’s resource officer, said he helped organize the safety checks to keep teenagers and the families who own the vehicles safe.

“My goal was to get as much participation as possible,” he said. “We had a car that had almost no oil in it and another car with nearly bald tires, so that’s been successful in letting people know they have these issues they need to fix.”

Senior Maddy Hartline, 18, said her Jeep was handed down to her by her parents.

“My parents thought this was a really great idea,” she said of the inspection.

She said getting her car inspected alerted her to areas she should be checking regularly.

“I don’t know much about my car. This is my first one,” she said. “This is a new thing for me.”

Teen’s car checklist
• Fluid levels

• Lights

• Tire pressure

• Tire tread

• Battery

• Belts

• Hoses

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.