Hit­ting the road with safe wheels

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Bahr jes­sica.bahr@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

FOR many of us, the most we know about our car is the make, model and colour.

Black Toy­ota and Dalby Police, how­ever, are work­ing to change that.

On Satur­day morn­ing, women from around Dalby were in­vited to Black Toy­ota to at­tend the Un­der The Bon­net work­shop as a means of im­prov­ing road­side skills and safety knowl­edge.

Black Toy­ota Dalby ser­vice man­ager Rosie Crank said the work­shop was mostly about safety for women in mo­tor­ing.

“It’s ba­si­cally a safe place for them to ask ques­tions ... and just so that we can teach them a lit­tle bit of ba­sic main­te­nance,” she said.

“The police also talk about safety if you break down and what you can do.

“Some women do know about cars, but it is quite male-dom­i­nated ... and we don’t ex­pect peo­ple to know ev­ery­thing.”

The work­shop con­sisted of lessons about jump-start­ing a car, chang­ing tyres and ba­sic main­te­nance, along with tips and in­for­ma­tion ses­sions from police.

Toni Thomas, who at­tended the work­shop, said she had ini­tially been con­vinced by her mother to come.

“Be­fore this I’d never changed a tyre, or checked oil, or any­thing,” she said.

“I think a lot of girls don’t know those things, es­pe­cially if they grow up with a sin­gle mum.

“It’s def­i­nitely good to know now.”

MISS FIX-IT: Toni Thomas learns how to change a tyre at the Black Toy­ota work­shop. PHOTO: JES­SICA BAHR

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