A female mechanic and MoT tester has written a book to help women learn how to repair cars.
The car repair industry is typically a male dominated environment, which means many women remain in the dark about how to fix their cars while also deterring them from pursuing a career as a mechanic. Caroline Lake is looking to change all that with her new car DIY book specifically for women.
The Haynes Women’s Car DIY Manual written by Ms Lake covers many aspects of essential car repairs. But importantly, if other women wish to follow Ms Lake's footsteps and become a mechanic, there are other things behind the scenes that must be addressed, including the need to obtain a road risks insurance policy to test drive customers' cars or a combined motor trade insurance policy to protect their assets if they are trading from a set business premises.
Among the things that Ms Lake does cover in her book is a jargon-free overview of all the parts and how they work; a rundown of the tools and equipment someone needs to complete most repair jobs; how to complete routine checks such as checking and replacing fluid levels, tyres, wiper blades, bulbs; and a guide to servicing a car, including service schedules, changing oil and filters (oil, air, pollen) and spark plugs, advice on cam belts and garage servicing.