Today is International Womens Day

Today is International Women’s Day! 

 

At SmartLearner Driving School we stand by the fight for gender equality across the world. Our list of female instructors is forever growing and we currently have many female instructors that teach in both manual and automatic.

 

However, the reality is only 1 in 4 driving instructors are female. Why not consider SmartLearners Award Winning Driving Instructor training and challenge gender stereotypes. SmartLearner is always looking for new people to join our ever-expanding roster of driving instructors. If you would be interested in becoming a driving instructor why not consider our driving instructor training?

 

Call us on 0800 118 2001 or email us at admin@smartlearner.com for more information.

 

What is International Women’s Day?

 

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. 

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

    • Celebrate women’s achievements
    • Raise awareness about women’s equality
    • Lobby for accelerated gender parity
    • Fundraise for female-focused charities

 

Why is International Women’s Day important?

 Even in 2021 we still don’t have gender equality. According to the World Economic Forum, sadly none of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. Gender parity will not be attained for almost a century.

There’s urgent work to do – and we can all play a part.

How has driving been affected in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia has recently resolved their ban on women driving. Women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined.

The Women2Drive campaign in Saudi Arabia, have been fighting for years to change this law. Manal Al-Sharif, began the campaign back in 2011. She was sent to prison after posting a YouTube video of herself driving a car.

Until now, only men were allowed driving licences, while there was no formal ban on women driving, they couldn’t drive legally either as they could not get a licence. The law was changed by 24 June 2018.

The previous leader of Saudi Arabia started relaxing some of the laws around what women could do back in 2011. But this change is said to be down to the current king’s son Mohammed Bin Salman.

Did you know?

In 1869 the National Woman Suffrage Association was formed in America, with its main goal to allow women to vote. After the victory of World War One on the 6th of February, 1918, the Representation of the People Act was brought into force. This was the first time women were allowed to vote.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an American rights activist, held the first Woman’s Rights Convention. She called for changes to be made in law, to gain equal rights for women.

76% of healthcare and social care workers, 86% of personal care workers in health services are women.

Help Raise Awareness for International Women’s Day

The IWD 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenging world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge. SmartLearner Driving School stands with the fight for gender equality!

Raise Awareness for International Women's Day

Raise your hand high to show you’re in and that you commit to choosing to challenge and call out inequality.

Strike the Choose To Challenge pose and share on social media using #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.

Where can I donate?

The following link has a list of women’s charities to which you can donate to.

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Fundraising

The UK set to ban use of mobile phones when driving.

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The UK set to ban use of mobile phones when driving. 

The government is set to update the law to ban drivers in the UK from using mobile phones at all whilst driving. The current law states drivers are not allowed to send texts or make calls when driving. 

However it is not illegal to do other activities, such as scroll through music, play games or take photos from behind the wheel. 

The government has said the change is due to come into law after a 12 week public consultation. The new law will allow police to take intermediate action if they see a driver holding or using a phone at the wheel.

 

 The offence could lead to a £200 fine and six points. 

 

When driving you will still be able to use your phone as a sat nav as long as you’re not physically holding the phone. Buying a mount for your window or dash board will make sure that the phone is hands free. 

Police can prosecute for driving without due care and attention if they see a motorist touching the device to type in instructions whilst at the wheel. If you need to reset the sat nav, pull over where safe to do so and type type these instructions.

In 2019, there were 637 casualties on Britain’s roads. These included 18 deaths and 135 serious injuries.

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How to clean your car correctly

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ask a family member or friend if you can clean theirs. They may even be generous enough to give you money for this kind favor.

You will want to tackle the exterior first

Before starting, you need to make sure you have the correct supplies. If you have a pressure washer you will be done in no time, but for those who do not a trusty bucket and sponge will do the trick.

Some washing up liquids can damage the paintwork on a vehicle, avoid using anything that is not specified as being used on vehicles.

Rinse your vehicle down with either a pressure washer or a hose to get rid of any large pieces of dirt, this will prevent scratches. The sponge will also become very dirty, very quickly if you do not remove access dirt. Once rinsing your car, you will need to next use car shampoo. Begin with the roof and work your way down the car. Once you are satisfied that you have removed dirt with your sponge, rinse away the soap, your car should now appear much cleaner.

Now that the car looks much cleaner, you can now dry it. You will need a microfiber towel or rag to dry the surface. If it is a sunny day outside you can let the car air dry, without using a towel. A towel leaves a streak-free finish and desired sparkle.

You can decide to leave this there, or you can then add wax. Adding wax in a circular motion will prevent streaks. Wax prevents fading and discolouration of a car’s paintwork, this can be caused by sun damage. You will need a chamois cloth to wipe over the wax in a circular motion to reveal a shine. If wax gets stuck in small gaps such as between doors or around logos, you can use a soft-bristle toothbrush to remove the wax build-up.

Car wax

The exterior may now appear clean, but what about the interior?

The first thing to do would be to remove all clutter from your car, such as empty bottles. This will give you more space to move around. Take out any mats so that the floor of your car is exposed. To clean these mats, you would:

Fabric: If they are fabric you can use a hoover or carpet brush to clean these.

Rubber: Begin by spraying the mats with a hose or pressure washer to remove surface debris. Then use an all-purpose cleaner, and scrub hard. Give the mats a rinse and put to the side to dry.

car mats

When hoovering your car begin with the floor, then work your way into the crevasses, such as cup holders. To do this you may take off the head of the hoover, as this will reach into smaller tighter places.

Cleaning seats depends on the material.

Fabric: You can hoover the seats first, then use an upholstery cleaner and spray this on.

Leather: Use a specific cleaner for your seats, that is designed for leather seats. Wipes that are made for leather may be your best option.
For the dashboard you can get specific wipes, to clean this. If it is not too dirty, and there is only a thin layer of dust covering, you may just use a cloth.

Final touches – this can be the most fun part, choosing an air freshener! These come in the forms of ones that hang from your central mirror, ones that plug into air vents or those that come in the form of pots that can be put in your cup holders.car air freshener