HELPING HAND: CCRDFV volunteer and experienced mechanic Tracey will host a free workshop tomorrow to teach women who need it the basics of car maintenance.
HELPING HAND: CCRDFV volunteer and experienced mechanic Tracey will host a free workshop tomorrow to teach women who need it the basics of car maintenance. CCRDFV

Car maintenance workshop drives DV message

FOR SOME women, the ability to drive away from an abusive relationship could mean the difference between life and death.

That's why Gladstone's Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence group is hosting an Empowering Maintenance Program - a free car maintenance workshop hosted in a safe location that aims to teach women the basics of car repair and upkeep.

CCRDFV volunteer Karen Harris said the workshop would be taught by a female CCRDFV volunteeer who is also a qualified mechanic of 35 years.

"There's a lot of women that don't do the work on their car because their partner says that they'll do it," Karen said.

"Young girls will get into cars but (sometimes) they're not taught how to change tyres or work on their vehicle.

"They're not taught how to make sure that if it's a long trip their car's full of oil, water, their radiator's fine."

The workshop will also cover how to check and maintain a battery, the importance of tyre pressure and how to check it, and how to check your headlights and indicators and replace a blown bulb.

Karen said having a female mechanic running the workshop helped to put women at ease, especially if they had not worked on a car before.

"You don't feel like they're being told what to do, you're actually being shown what to do," she said.

"A lot of women feel they can't ask a silly question to a male mechanic.

"There's plenty of women who can do all this but this workshop is for the ones who want to learn."

The Empowering Maintenance Program workshop will take place at 10am tomorrow.

Anyone interested in attending can phone 0407 793 016 before 3pm today to discuss the program or find out the location.



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