Flashback to your first car, you probably remember the first day you got behind the wheel and took it for a spin. You can still feel the wheel under your palms, the way the car squeaked a little when you hit the brakes too hard and the way it felt when you first turned the key in the mornings. This was likely a highly anticipated day of great pride and excitement for sixteen-year-old you. 

However many cars you’ve had between then and now, we can still feel the emotion that cars drive in us. Cars are often sentimental, they hold memories with friends and family, they provide a space for the in between moments, they hold life and death and they get you where you need to go. 

For some, cars are used to travel for work, for others they’re used to pick up and drop off kids in the carpool lane and for others cars are all about the excitement, the adventure and the possibility of where you can go next. 

Yet for others cars are unreachable, an expense one can’t afford and a constant reminder of where you can’t go. 

The reality is that cars are a necessity to our daily lives. We rely on our cars as much as we rely on our homes to keep us warm and our food to keep us full. But not everyone has a car they can rely on. 

Ask yourself, without a car how would you get to work? How would you take your kids to school? How would you get to the grocery store? 

These are questions that thousands of Americans face every day. According to 2018 census figures, 8.7% of households in America do not have access to a vehicle, and at Absolute Collision we want to do our part to help. 

This year Absolute Collision is partnering with Cleveland County Rescue Mission, Harmon Automotive, Sherwin Williams, Clean Slate Detailing, BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors, Advance Auto Parts, Interior Motives, Forest City Honda, LKQ Corporation and BMB Supply Company to give away a car to an individual in need for the Driving For Hope Vehicle Giveaway. In our field, we see how important cars are for people. We see the devastation when a car is totalled and the desperation as people frantically search for a replacement. 

Over the past year, it seems like everything we once relied on has been pulled out from under our feet and left us stranded. In light of this, we want to do our part to provide an individual a car that she can rely on when all else seems lost. 

As we come together with Cleveland County Rescue Mission and look out for our neighbor, we want to encourage you to look for ways to do the same in your community. You may not be able to give away a car, most people can’t, but you can do something. 

Can you offer to fill someone’s gas tank? Can you pay it forward at the car wash? Can you give an extra tip to the mechanic changing your oil? We hope that you are able to see your neighbor in need and remember that you can help them get back on the road with absolute precision too.