Po­lice lift the bon­net for women on road safety

Dalby Herald - - LIFE -

KNOW­ING how to change a tyre could be the skill that keeps you safe if you car breaks down on the side of the road.

That’s why Black Toy­ota Dalby, Neigh­bour­hood Watch and Dalby po­lice have joined forces to host a safe driv­ing work­shop for women this Satur­day, Jan­uary 28.

Un­der the Bon­net is aimed at em­pow­er­ing women with ba­sic car main­te­nance skills and road safety knowl­edge.

Se­nior Sergeant David Tier­ney said it’s about en­cour­ag­ing women to be pre­pared for the un­ex­pected, par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral ar­eas on long stretches of road.

“The work­shop is about try­ing to get them to think ahead and not get stuck in the mid­dle of nowhere with no phone re­cep­tion and a flat tyre or a bro­ken down car,” Snr Sgt Tier­ney said.

“It’s three hours be­tween most of the ma­jor cen­tres.

“The whole idea of the work­shop is teach­ing per­sonal safety.

“We are tar­get­ing women so they have an en­vi­ron­ment to feel free to ask ques­tions.”

Black Toy­ota ser­vice man­ager Rosie Crank said the work­shop con­sists of five sta­tions where me­chan­ics will demon­strate ba­sic skills such as chang­ing a tyre or check­ing wa­ter in the en­gine.

“Mo­tor­ing is a male dom­i­nated in­dus­try so we are say­ing to women ‘you can do it too’, it’s not just a me­chanic thing but a safety thing,” she said. PHOTO: JU­LIA BAKER

UN­DER THE BON­NET: The work­shop aims to em­power women with road safety.

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