John Austin hosts Pit Stop Workshop in Colchester

Top Quote Every year the John Austin garage hosts a Pit Stop Workshop for motorists who want to get to grips with basic car maintenance. People, well exclusively ladies really, of all ages, spend time here overcoming their fear of changing wheels, reading tyre pressures and checking oil levels. This is always a hands-on session for people who want to be more self-sufficient. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 05, 2011 - I'm Aisha Allan, an English graduate from Kelvedon. I need my car to get around but, like most people I know, I don't have the first clue about looking after it. When the opportunity to attend a Pit Stop Workshop came up, I grabbed it and then wrote about it.

    For the past 40 years, Marks Tey-based John Austin has been the local, independent garage, specialising in the repair and servicing of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles. Who better then, to learn the basics of car maintenance from, at one of their Pit Stop Workshops?

    Lots of people use their cars every day to get to and from work, but many don't know how to look after them properly. At the workshop we started with the basics: first how to check tyre pressure and oil levels. This was easy enough, and after a few practice attempts I got the hang of it. The difficult part was changing a wheel. John Austin manager, Paul Miller, who was running the workshop, gave us lots of useful hints and tips along the way.

    After getting down and dirty with flat tyres and oil levels, I have to admit I'm glad I spent my Saturday morning in a garage. Although not my first choice of activity at the weekend, I learned a lot and am glad about it; I now know if I get stuck somewhere with a flat tyre and a dead phone, I can deal with the problem myself.

    A lot of what Paul taught me wasn't covered at all during my driving lessons, so it is good for new drivers to give it a try and be ready for worst, just in case.

    And the best bit? Free tea and cake afterwards at The Food Company next door!

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