Evans Halshaw is hosting the event at its Vauxhall dealership at Crownhill.
The event is aimed primarily at women but men are also welcome to attend. At the free Women In The Driving Seat event, practical instruction on personal awareness and self-protection, basic car maintenance and self-help will be top of the agenda and advice will be given on reducing the risks women face when driving for work or socially, including dealing with so-called ‘road rage’ in other drivers.
The number of vehicles on UK roads has risen by 50 per cent in the last two decades and is set to double in the next 20 years, motoring experts predict. A survey by the RAC found that 87pc of motorists said that they had been a road rage victim at least once, while 20pc claimed to have experienced it more than ten times.
Evans Halshaw Vauxhall dealer principal Mike Slator said: “Personal safety and security are imperative for everyone, particularly women today.
“The menace of aggressive, inconsiderate driving on our roads seems to be increasing at the moment and we believe that all it takes is a little care and consideration to avoid situations which can escalate into the kinds of tragic incidents we have all heard about recently.
“We want them to enjoy their independence and freedom and be able to travel safely and confidently on our roads. We hope that by highlighting the risks facing women drivers, it will provide them with a wealth of information and practical advice.”
Former police chief inspector Vic Botterill, now a human behaviour expert will advise on defensive driving and how to combat the hazards of modern driving.
Mr Slator said: “Judging from the response we are already receiving, we are expecting a lot of interest in this course.”
Evans Halshaw’s service technicians will also offer visitors practical hands-on advice on dealing with roadside emergencies, routine car maintenance and car safety checks.
The event takes place on October 15. To book a place, telephone Lynne Raymond on 0845 604 0492.