Since 2007 we have taught over 100,000 teenagers how to feel more confident behind the wheel. As a parent to teens myself, I know that learning to drive is both exciting and liberating for them. The freedom of grabbing the keys and going for a drive is a major milestone.
However unlike when they took their first steps walking, we will not be there holding their hands when they are driving on their own. Countless nights of staying awake until you hear the car in the driveway lie ahead!
At Galmatic we hope to help you alleviate a few of those fears by teaching teenagers how to care for their car and learn some basic car maintenance skills.
At least we can help you with one less worry -they won’t be stuck on the side of the road with a flat tyre and no idea what to do!
Basic Car Maintenance Skills
You may be here because your daughter or son has enjoyed one of our Galmatic Car Maintenance Incursions. The workshops are fun and interactive, and we have listed below what the students covered.
The workshop is designed around what we call the ’10-minute servo check’, which is a monthly car check to ensure their car is running at its best, doesn’t break down and keeps them driving safely.
Under the Bonnet
• What, when and how to check the engine to keep it running smoothly and safely
• What they can and can’t touch in the engine bay
• Students check the oil and coolant, fluids, battery and hoses
• How to care for tyres & check the pressure
• Hands-on experience changing a tyre
Galmatic Glovebox Guide
In our School Incursions the students are provided with a workshop recap for their phones. Download the ‘Galmatic Glovebox Guide’ here and save it to your phone. It’s the perfect recap for them and for you too! It will cover what to check once a month at the service station when you are filling up with fuel.
QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE FOR YOUR PHONE
A recap of the workshop ‘must know’, in the format of an instant download for your phone.
As you know, one workshop will open their minds and engage their curiosity, however repetition is what will keep these new skills fresh in their mind.
We created the ‘Know Your Car’ online course to help teenagers take their learning a little further. It is perfect as an extension to our school incursions or as a first step to learning basic car maintenance.
THE COURSE INCLUDES:
The Course covers all the basics you need to be ready to drive on your own, along with an understanding of how to maintain your vehicle. It’s a fun, easy and interactive way to help get you safe behind the wheel!
Come along with your teenager to one of our Hands-on Car Maintenance Workshops.
Our workshops were started in 2007 as ‘Ladies Only’ Workshops and after their huge success we have opened them up to be more inclusive. They are designed for women, parents and teenagers and run in a fun, friendly and non threatening environment.
You don’t need any special skills or knowledge and you can come alone or with some friends.
Our 2 hour workshops are not about fixing your car or being a mechanic, rather they are all about getting to know your car, how to make sure it is working at its best, and going through the basics of car knowledge to leave you feeling confident and road ready.
A great free resource is the government initiative ‘Keys 2 Drive’ which is a revolutionary approach to learning road safety. It provides learner drivers with a free driving lesson where the learner driver, parent/supervisor and driving instructor learn together!
“Fantastic workshops. Our 18 yr. old son and 20 yr. old daughter participated in a workshop late last year. Well, they were driving home from a music festival in torrential rain recently and heard a loud bang from the car, luckily they were able to pull into a bus bay on Roseville Bridge and change their blown tyre without any fuss and continue home safely”