Does your automotive technology program have a policy in place covering students test driving vehicles? It’s best to address this issue before an accident happens.
From Allie Hinds’ article on the WJHL News Channel 11 website:
A viewer reached out to News Channel 11 after he says he took his car in to get his engine light diagnosed, and ended up with a totaled car.
Ryan Gouge said he dropped his car off at Tennessee College of Applied Technology’s auto department and a student drove his car miles away and crashed it.
“We’re in the same place we were a week ago with no vehicle, no way to get our child to daycare,” Gouge said.
Last week, before Gouge took his Pontiac in to the auto shop at TCAT, he said it was in great condition, and he was about to pay the car off. He said he dropped it off and the student told him they’d call when they diagnosed the problem.
“The first call I got was 2 and a half hours later letting me know that one of their students, it was the student letting me know, that he wrecked my vehicle down a 30 foot embankment asking me what he should do,” Gouge said. “I thought he was joking.”
He said he then tried to call the program instructor, the director of the school, and got nowhere.
Click HERE to read the entire article about the totaled vehicle on the WJHL News Channel 11 website.