Hot, Hot, Hot was the 90-degree weather on Saturday, September 23rd. It may have slowed down Township seniors, but did not keep them away from the Annual Car Care Clinic at the Westmont Fire Department. Over 40 cars were brought to the event for a safety inspection!

Grateful seniors took advantage of this unique opportunity to check out their cars for FREE and responded with comments that included: “Great!” “Positive!” “Well Organized!” “Really liked it” “Want to Come Again” and “ I Iearned something new…” This last is so important, since the main goal for the event is to teach and alert seniors to potential issues with their vehicles.

For the 4th year in a row the Downers Grove Township Senior Advisory Committee (SAC) & Seniors and Lawmen Together (SALT) collaborated with the Westmont Fire Department, AARP Safe Driving Program and CARFit to offer a FREE multi-point car inspection for Township seniors.

Westmont Fire Department welcomed their special guests by providing a bay for up to 4 cars, air hoses, traffic control, staff and EMA volunteers. The vehicle checklist included: hoses, fluids, tires, lights, seat belts and more. Washer fluid was topped off and “greeters” passed out bags of fruit donated by Fresh Thyme, along with Township bags containing giveaways and flyers.

Seniors could exit their cars for refreshments and informational resources at tables manned by The Community House of Hinsdale, PACE, Westmont Senior Center, Clemens Enterprises and AAA.

Twelve lucky raffle winners received either a free car wash & service from Fuller’s or an Auto Doc oil change coupon.

This event could not take place without the mechanics and volunteers who donated their time. Special thanks go out this year to Darien Tire and Auto, Kubis Auto Body, C & C Auto Care and resident Brandon Babinski.

The mechanics were especially touched by the appreciative comments from all seniors attending, and are looking forward to participating again next year! Seniors be sure to put this valuable event on your calendar for fall of 2018!

Catherine Rager
Senior Services Coordinator
Township of Downers Grove

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