THERE was an enthusiastic turn out of Newport women to an event at a motor dealership in the city this week to learn about their cars.

The free Ladies in Gear event, at Newport’s Wessex Garages on January 23, helped women get to grips with their cars with advice and demonstrations on car maintenance, personal safety and driving in the right frame of mind.

Paul Edwards, general manager at the Kia dealership, said:“The event was a success and we would like to thank everyone who attended.

“We hope they found the evening fun and informative.”

During the event Wessex Garage technicians demonstrated how to check the oil, water and other fluid levels in a vehicle and how to deal with road-side emergency situations.

There was also a chance for people to have a go at changing a tyre.

“Vic Botterill, former Chief Inspector of Police, gave a talk about how negative thoughts and emotions when behind the wheel can have an impact on your driving,” Mr Edwards continued.

“In addition to this, self-defence expert Andy Williams demonstrated some simple, yet effective strategies to help women deal with attackers.”

Mary Parker, of Malpas, who had enjoyed the event, said that the evening had been informative.

“The demonstrations were really helpful and I feel a lot more confident when it comes to knowing what’s required to ensure my car is kept in a roadworthy condition,” she said.