Milstead Automotive Teaches Teens Practical Car Skills During Casa's Game of Life
The Woodlands/Spring – Aug. 3, 2019 – When should I check my oil? What does this light mean on my dashboard? What's the difference in brake fluid and transmission fluid?
These are all questions that Milstead Automotive assistant manager answered during the Game of Life event at Mim's Baptist Church that offered lessons in practical life skills to teens in the foster care system.
The Game of Life was hosted by CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. CASA is a non-profit organization that assigns a volunteer or a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to children to stand in on the child's behalf and help them navigate the foster care system.
"It was awesome getting to show these teens the basics of car care," assistant manager Gregg Bruce said. "They seemed really interested in learning about the vehicle, especially when they got to see everything under the hood."
Bruce went over the 10 basic steps to check before driving. He showed the teens how to check tire pressure and tread, oil levels and lights inside and outside of the car. He also took questions from the groups and explored different topics based on their interest.
"It was a lot of fun getting to hang out with them and teach them about vehicles," Bruce said. "A lot of them were driving age or soon to be and they had a lot of great questions."
The teens rotated to different stations throughout the day and learned other life skills such as how to make a budget, applying for college and getting leases on apartments.
“The kids were completely absorbed! It reminded me of my Dad, who insisted I learn to change a tire—and taught me--before he would let me learn to drive.” Ann McAlpin, CASA Child Advocates Executive Director said. “These kids don’t have someone that invested in their future to teach them the basic skills they’ll need just to get along. We are delighted that Milstead Automotive and our other community partners took the time to come and work with these youth on practical life skills. It’s something they’ll remember forever.”
Over 75 teens attended The Game of Life event with 12 stations to teach practical skills. CASA held drawings for raffles with special prizes and gift cards. Lunch for the teens and volunteers was provided by Chic-Fil-A. Therapy dogs from Pets With A Mission (PWAM) attended as a resource and a cool-down area for the kids.
"When CASA reach out to us and asked if we wanted to be a part of this event, I was excited that we were going to get to work with teens," Milstead Automotive President Amy Milstead said. "I'm glad we got to teach them things that will keep them safe on the roads."
About Milstead Group
Milstead Group owns Milstead Automotive, Milstead Transmission, Milstead Fleet Services, Milstead RV Repair, Milstead Towing and Milstead Collision.
Milstead Automotive is a family-owned and operated, full service automotive & collision repair facility servicing the areas of Montgomery and Harris County. The company was founded in 1971 by Dick Milstead where he offered customers honest, quality auto repair from his 2-car garage. Since that time, the business has grown into a 29-bay facility where customers can be assured that Milstead’s updated technology fits today's smarter vehicles whether foreign or domestic, large or small.
Milstead also has the largest fleet of towing and recovery vehicles in Montgomery County and has updated GPS dispatching 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Milstead Automotive offers a variety of Fleet services to keep those vehicles moving. The wide range of services span from Pick Up & Delivery, Computerized Fleet Management, and Scheduled Preventative Maintenance to Hydraulic Service/Repairs, Jump Starts Maintenance & Priority Scheduling Mechanical Repairs and 24-Hour Dispatch . . . and a whole lot more.
If a truck is stuck on the side of the road, the Milstead Automotive Mobile Fleet Services department has ASE certified technicians ready and waiting for the call. The fleet of vehicles is equipped with Truck-Mounted Compressors, Generators, Welder, Jump Start Ports. Fully Functioning Vise, Oil Dispensing/Retrieval System, Power Inverter, Tire Repair/Replacement Tools, Latest Diagnostic Tools/Software, Pneumatic Air Tools, Traffic Control Lighting, Hydraulic Hoses that are Custom Made, Common Repair Parts Stocked, ASE Certified Technician/Advisors, and CDL Drivers.
Dick Milstead’s legacy continues as his daughter, Amy Milstead, and youngest son, Rick Milstead, work diligently to keep “Milstead” at the forefront of the automotive industry. Amy Milstead's achievements include Leadership Montgomery County 2003, Past Chairman of the Board for Texas Towing & Storing Association (TTSA); Vice-Chair, Texas Department of License Regulations; Towing & Storage Advisory Board and served as Chairman of the Board for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce for the 2013-2014 term.
Milstead Automotive earned Best of the Woodlands, Best Car Repair 2018 and Best Collision Repair 2018 and is a member of ATRA. Milstead Automotive is also a Bosch Authorized Center and a AAA Approved Repair Facility with an A+ BBB rating. Milstead Automotive and Collision technicians are ASE and I-CAR certified and receive continued education to stay up to date with technology to ensure proper repairs.