Earlier today, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Malaysia in collaboration with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, and with support of Proton, Petron and Road Safety Department of Malaysia (JKJR) organised a women’s car maintenance workshop. This is part of an education to empower women drivers to better know their vehicles, importance of road safety for themselves and their children.
The ‘Bosch Empowers Women’ initiative is part of Bosch AA’s ‘Drive For Life’ campaign launched earlier this year. Titled ‘Heels & Wheels’, the workshop was officiated by Hannah Yeoh, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development. The event covered simple car maintenance knowledge that women drivers can easily learn with a dedicated session on the importance of child restraint systems (CRS) and child car seats.
According to a study by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research, 58% of children and infants’ death in Malaysia is due to road accidents and the lack of child car seats being a large contributing factor to the fatalities. Yeoh said that she is excited and grateful that the workshop is emphasising essential car maintenance, including the importance of CRS and its compulsory implementation of child car seats next year. Using child seats could help reduce the risk of fatal injuries by up to 70% she added.
Additionally, when Bosch AA conducted a survey last year among Malaysian drivers, it showed that only 1% of women know how to troubleshoot a car breakdown. During the ‘Heels & Wheels’ workshop, Bosch AA taught simple car maintenance checks involving four key car components – battery, wipers, engine oil and tyres. Participants were given hands-on experience on how to identify signs of a weak battery and worn out wipers, change a flat tyre, check engine oil levels and most importantly, how to appropriately respond in a car emergency or breakdown.
The workshop also featured cars and a talk about car safety technology by Proton, a ‘Safe Habits at Service Stations’ by Petron Malaysia, a child seat safety demonstration by Sweet Heart Paris and a talk on ‘Stigma amongst Women Drivers’ by JKJR.
Pang Yoon Kong, Country Manager for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket said “Car and road safety are key focus areas for us, we believe proactive car care and maintenance with the usage of quality car parts are fundamental to reduce risks of car breakdowns and road accidents. As we celebrate out Independence Day in a few days’ time, we hope that ‘Heels & Wheels’ workshop can empower and inspire women drivers to take charge of their car care for peace of mind while driving.”
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