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IWD ’21: Auto firm promotes better driving culture among women

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In a bid to improve better optimisation and improve knowledge of cars, their maintenance and related affairs, Autochek recently held a webinar facilitated by leading women experts in the automobile industry.

Tagged Women Behind The Steering: Maintenance and Avoiding Breakdown, the webinar sought to educate women on common causes of car breakdown, how to avoid them, what to do when your vehicle breaks down and general car maintenance to keep your vehicle on the road.

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Ayo Sofela, presenter of the automotive show on traffic radio and an automobile expert, said most people believe that women can’t do anything on their cars and they want to change this narrative.

Speaking on a range of selected topics, Oduwa Agboneni, founder of Neni’s Autocare said, “car maintenance is your business as a car owner and every woman must have an idea of some basic things to do including battery care and jumpstarting a car.”

She added that every car owner must have an essential car care kit, which must contain the owner’s manual, a wheel spanner, tyre jack, spare tyre, jumper cable, tyre pressure gauge, a flashlight for emergencies, reflective triangles/C-Caution sign and a little hammer. She advised women to know their cars and pay strict attention to the dashboard signs at all times.

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She advised that car owners should know their tyre’s air pressure, balancing and wheel alignment. “The shelf life of an average tyre is five years so it’s important to know your tyre’s age. When you go to buy a tyre, check it’s age, don’t allow the trader to push just anything to you. Oduwa who said she’s a passionate advocate working on getting more women into the automotive industry revealed that men often talk down on her whilst some believe that women shouldn’t and cannot work on cars. “In this business, we shouldn’t be talking about gender but expertise,” she said.

Joyce Daser Adams, the founder of Autolady Inspire Foundation said her foundation has trained 30 women and are looking to empower even more. She said her goal is to get more women into the business so that in a few years, women mechanics would be a common sight. She further advised that people stick with products that work for them rather than jumping from one product to another. “If the check engine light keeps coming on, there is a problem in the engine or transmission, please go to a technician for a scan. Preventive maintenance is very important, check your battery, radiator, engine oil and tyres daily before you go out and make sure your emergency car kit is always with you.”

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