A Ladies’ Evening hosted on Thursday 19 May by all makes service and MOT centre, Roy Chapman Ltd, in Tring, Hertfordshire, has taught local women drivers the basics of car mechanics accompanied by personal self-protection advice from the local police, so that they are less likely to find themselves stranded and vulnerable by the roadside.
After an initial welcome, the visitors headed for Roy Chapman’s workshop where volunteers were encouraged to change a car’s wheel under the supervision of two of the garage’s service technicians – Vicky Kempton and Nathan Kirk – and were given practical advice including routine car maintenance and checking oil and fluid levels.
After refreshments, PC Tony Knibb for Herts Constabulary, talked about planning and thinking ahead for long journeys, what to do during a breakdown, and mobile phone use. Whilst Daniel Rands, ex-Police, who specialises in insurance fraud investigation, talked about ‘Crash for Cash’ incidents and the benefits of dash cams.
Gifts for the raffle were supplied by local companies: Black Goo, Diffusion Hair and Beauty Salon, Magnolia Florist and Beechwood Fine Foods, along with a free service from Roy Chapman Ltd.
Local resident Liz Temple, welcomed Roy Chapman’s practical approach: “Thank you all for such a great evening; it was very informative and I learned such a lot.”
Justine Chapman, Managing Director for Roy Chapman Ltd, say, “this is our fifth event of its nature and follows a survey by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) that showed nearly half of women drivers didn’t get their cars serviced or wouldn’t handle a booking themselves as they were not comfortable dealing with mechanics and garages. We’re helping to address that issue and we’re also looking to hold an event for young drivers in the future”.
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