Girls can come to grips with their cars

UNDER THE HOOD: Senior Constable Kerrin Sheedy, motorist Sophie Dowe and mechanic Matt Crook run through some basic car maintenance tips ahead of the program to be held at Ian Boettcher Mazda.
UNDER THE HOOD: Senior Constable Kerrin Sheedy, motorist Sophie Dowe and mechanic Matt Crook run through some basic car maintenance tips ahead of the program to be held at Ian Boettcher Mazda. Rob Williams

EVER had nightmares about getting a flat tyre on a country road?

Ever tried to pour engine oil into the windscreen washer?

Women who don't know a dipstick from a drum stick are getting a crash course in basic mechanics thanks to a free workshop co-ordinated by Ipswich police and local car dealerships.

The Under the Bonnet classes are designed to show women there is nothing to fear under the hood of the family car. Ipswich crime prevention officer Senior Constable Kerrin Sheedy said the course would also include a discussion on personal safety and basic self-defence strategies.

"Hopefully the women become more aware of their surroundings and assess their environment to recognise potential risk, maybe even subconsciously," Snr Const Sheedy said.

The personal safety talk leads into a workshop about car maintenance, with demonstrations on how to check the oil levels and water and changing a flat tyre.

"Some women from the previous presentations didn't even know how to pop the hood at the beginning of the workshop so many find this valuable," Snr Const Sheedy said.

The next class is November 20, at Ian Boettcher Motors, Bundamba, from 6.30pm.

Phone Ipswich District Crime Prevention Unit at the Yamanto police complex on 3817 1351.

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