Paul Miller, manager at John Austin, has done it again!
On a blustery February morning, we abandoned our Saturday morning lie-ins to attend his Pit Stop Workshop.
The Pit Stop Workshop is designed to reduce the fear of basic maintenance through familiarity. It gives people the confidence to know that if they are stranded with a flat tyre and the phone’s dead or there’s no signal, they can handle the situation. As this is not covered in driving lessons, it’s a good opportunity for those learning to drive to come along and give themselves a head start. On this occasion most of us were seasoned drivers, but we all found we had something to learn!
With the complexity of cars these days, fiddling about under the hood, unless you really know what you’re doing, is to be discouraged. This has, inevitably, led to many of us becoming complacent about dealing with the most simple of car care basics, relying instead on the annual service. But often it’s those simple things that we can all do something about but don’t, that can help us avoid expensive repair bills later on.
Our reliance on breakdown services means we could sit on the side of the road for hours with a flat tyre too waiting for help which, if it was a lovely sunny day might not be so bad. But if it was like a day like today, you’d want to be able to do something about it, and we all felt after two hours’ ‘training’ we could.
Not only did we all gain knowledge and insight, but we were able to relax and chat about our experiences afterwards over coffee and cake at The Food Company next door.
The team at John Austin have three more Pit Stop Workshops lined up this year: Saturday 12thMay, Saturday 11th August and Saturday 17th November. If you’d like to come along or have a question, call Paul on 01206 211483 or email .