Kwik Fit | Monday 8th August 2016 3:17pm
Kwik Fit attended the Essex Classic and Custom Car and Bike Show at the weekend to provide younger visitors with road safety advice, and also raise funds for the Essex Air Ambulance.
Kieron Thompson, operations manager at Kwik Fit, and members of the local Kwik Fit team took along the star of our recent TV advertising campaign – a giant-sized Jaffa the Hamster - to teach young drivers how to look after their tyres and change them safely.
Kwik Fit was invited along by StreetLife Young Driver Education (S.L.Y.D.E) to inform people how to carry out safety checks on their vehicles, demonstrate the importance of tyre maintenance and showcase the different types of tyres available to drivers. Of course, the team jumped at the opportunity to lend a hand and also give something back by raising money for fellow attendees, the Essex Air Ambulance. A total of £250 was raised on the day.
S.L.Y.D.E is a unique programme which was set up by retained Essex Fire and Rescue officer, Karl Rushton, to teach teenagers between 14 and 17 how to drive. On top of teaching young drivers driving skills for life, the team partner with emergency response services and local organisations to educate people on different aspects they need to make their driving future a fun and safe one.
Kieron Thompson, operations manager at Kwik Fit, said: “This is an excellent event to be involved with and the team had a great day. It’s vital that all road users are aware of the potential dangers when out and about, so it is imperative that we get involved and help to educate drivers on safety checks whenever possible. Essex Air Ambulance do tremendous work and we are delighted to have raised this money for them. Community is at the heart of everything we do and we look forward to developing our relationship with the event organisers and S.L.Y.D.E. in the future.”
Karl Rushton, owner of S.L.Y.D.E., said: “Having Kwik Fit’s support and expertise on the day was invaluable. Educating people is our core ethos and it is always beneficial for us to have third parties teach different aspects of making your cars as safe as possible for the road. I would like to thank Kwik Fit for its support and look forward to working with the team again.”
Karl’s son recently became British Champion of Grass Track at the age of just six.
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