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Role play helps women deal with road rage

I’m sure it’s not just me that has felt uneasy being out and about on my own at times. Coping with unwarranted road rage, worrying about footsteps behind you in an empty road or breaking down in an off-the-beaten track area when another motorist pulls in behind you… They could all be innocent situations but what would you do if they weren’t?

Kentish Vauxhall car dealership Hidsons, at its 30 London Road, Rainham, Gillingham address, is tackling these big issues and more in its free ‘Women in the Driving Seat’ evening on Thursday, 23 August 2012.

The evening programme includes three main topics and promises to be a fun and informative evening.

Driving confidence

The psychology behind driving confidence is explored by ex-Police Chief Inspector and human behaviour specialist Vic Botterill, including practical advice given in a lighthearted yet memorable fashion about safe driving and combating the hazards of ‘road rage’.

The audience is encouraged to share their own experiences to do with aggressive, dangerous driving and ‘motorway madness.’

Self defence role play

Volunteers from the audience are invited to take part in role-play situations by self defence specialist Grant Hicks.

Everyone will be shown ways to beat the bullies behind the wheel and, if diplomacy fails, how they can legally use everyday objects normally found about one’s person for personal self-protection and to ensure a rapid escape from a would-be attacker.

Essential car maintenance

Not many vehicles are equipped with full tool-kits nowadays, so Hidsons’ service technicians offer practical hands-on instruction about dealing with roadside emergencies, routine car maintenance and car safety checks.

The evening is free and all will be encouraged to roll up their sleeves and ‘have a go’ themselves under the guidance of expert motor technicians, promises the dealership. Gloves are provided of course!

“Personal safety and security are imperative for everyone, particularly women today. The menace of aggressive, inconsiderate driving on our roads seems to be increasing at the moment and we believe that all it takes is a little care and consideration to avoid situations which can escalate into the kinds of tragic incidents we have all heard about recently,” said Vanessa West, sales manager of Hidsons.

Anybody interested in attending the free Women in the Driving Seat event at Hidsons Vauxhall on Thursday, August 23 can call Maralyn Gorringe on 01992 503129 or email her via maralyn@avfcommunications.eclipse.co.uk to reserve places.

We recommend this and hope to be there on the night.


A special summer night out for Berkhamsted ladies

Jeremy Chapman with Stephanie and Hannah Brookfield
If you live near Berhamsted in Hertfordshire and are free on Thursday 9 August you are cordially invited to attend a summer Ladies evening at the local car dealership Roy Chapman Ford.

This is a free event being organised in partnership with the Tring and Berkhamsted Safer Neighbourhood Teams and the car dealership Roy Chapman Ford, between 7pm and 9pm.

Female friendly garage credentials

Roy Chapman Ltd is a member of the FOXY Choice female friendly garage network. This means they have passed our fussy standards and are now promoted via the FOXY Lady Drivers Club website to women drivers, members of the Club and their family.

As well as being Ford, Mazda and Citroen specialists, they also MOT, service and repair all makes of vehicles and are well known locally for their warm welcome and commitment to high customer service levels.

Ladies evening programme

Police Community Support Officer, Emma Lennox, from the Tring Safer Neighbourhood Team, will be sharing her top safety tips including

preparing for a safe journey
driving skills
personal safety
driving on motorways
what to do in the event of a breakdown
winter driving and lots more.

Technicians from Roy Chapman Ford will also add to the party atmosphere with a fun demonstration about basic car maintenance; to make sure your car is safe on the roads in between car servicing visits.

There’ll also be the opportunity for one lucky foxy lady to win a free car service.

Emma Lennox said: “This promises to be a really useful evening which will provide women with a whole host of knowledge and skills to ensure they are safe when out and about on the roads. I’d encourage people to book a place – it’ll be very informal and a fun night out too!”

Jeremy Chapman, Director at Roy Chapman Ford, said: “It’s really important to us that we look after all our customers.  Our Ladies Evening is free to anyone (men included) who wishes to learn more about looking after their car between services and to raise their awareness of staying safe on the roads. Judging by the response we’ve already received, we’re expecting a lot of interest in this event.”

To book your place on Thursday 9 August at 7pm, either contact Jeremy on 01442 871234 or email him via info@roychapman.com.