Newbury Rangers revved up by motoring workshop

Local youngsters are gearing up for life on the road in confidence as well as years of happy driving, thanks to some expert advice from Mercedes-Benz of Newbury.

The London Road Retailer has just staged a motoring workshop for Rangers from the 1st Bucklebury unit and, such was its success, that similar sessions will now be offered to any other interested community organisations.

Technician Jason Challis and Sales Executive Andrew Keavney visited the Rangers to provide them with an entertaining and enlightening insight on cars and what they might encounter when they are able to drive.

Jason ran through some basic maintenance tips and the importance of regular servicing as well as explaining the meaning of the various dashboard warning lights and common motoring jargon.

The girls were shown how to appraise a vehicle by Andrew – knowledge that will hopefully prove useful when the time arrives for them to buy their own car. He also discussed the various documentation needed to put a vehicle on the road, such as an MOT, insurance and road fund license.

Commenting on the session, Sharon Tompkins, Unit Leader, 1st Bucklebury Rangers, said: “It is always difficult to strike the right balance between teaching and participation but Jason and Andrew managed this effortlessly and it was a thoroughly fantastic workshop.

“They made the experience fun and practical with some awesome tips that the girls can now take away and use in the future.”

It was the first time that Mercedes-Benz of Newbury had organised such an event but Wesley Cole, the Retailer’s Head of Business, said that he would be delighted to arrange more.

“We are always looking at ways of supporting and engaging with our local community and the workshop was so well received that we would be only too happy to stage similar events in the future if schools or groups are interested,” he added.

Wesley can be contacted on 01635 524444 for further information on the motoring workshops.