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Spring Ladies Car Care Clinics PDF Print E-mail
 The spring ladies car care clinics are in full swing and are going great!  Many of the clinics are taking place in the Greater Toronto Area but I will also be making a trip to British Columbia the first week in May and Manitoba at the end of May.  If you are interested in attending a ladies car care clinic check the calendar on my website to see if there is one taking place near you.  I've also started a "Kelly Williams Fan Page" on Facebook.  The clinic dates are listed here as well as photos and some quiz questions.  If you are interested in reading some general maintenance articles or see a video of how my clinics go visit www.kellysgarage.ca.  You will find lots of great information here.  Make sure you come say "hi" if you attend one of my car care clinics. The photos below are from a clinic I gave at Active Green Ross in Scarborough. (2910 Eglinton Ave. E)
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Be Car Care Aware Spring Campaign PDF Print E-mail
The Be Car Care Aware campaign is getting ready to resume this May.  As Spokesperson for the campaign every May and October I go on the road giving media interviews to educate consumers on the importance of taking car of their vehicle.  This year’s theme is “Looking Down the Road”.    The first stop of the tour will be in British Columbia on May 6.  The rest of the dates are as follows:  Toronto- May 9 & 19, Halifax- May 25 and Winnipeg May 31.   Recently in my role as Spokesperson for Be Car Care Aware I filmed 13 segments for Real Life Television.  Here’s a photo from one of the filming dates.   
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My Automotive Hook Up Launch Party PDF Print E-mail

On Saturday night I attended the launch party of my friend's new business "My Automotive Hook Up".  It was held at Grand Prix Kartways in Toronto and over 100 people were in attendance.  As part of the evenings festivities there was a celebrity go kart race and I was invited to participate.  I haven't been in a go-kart in ages so needless to say I was a little stressed!  I started 4th, got up to 2nd and ended up finishing 3rd in the 16 lap race.  The two people who finished ahead of me are both go-kart racers so I didn't feel too bad.

My Automotive Hook Up is a great opportunity for women to get discounts on vehicle repairs and better pricing on vehicles.  Go check it out www.myautomoitvehookup.com.   I'm sure the website will give you great information in better detail.

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There I am on the podium!  I finished 3rd.

 

The other female in the photo is the owner of

My Automotive Hook Up- Juliana Chiovitti

 
Company of Women- Aurora PDF Print E-mail

Upcoming Speaking Engagement - Feb.9  

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As a professional race-car driver and car educator, Kelly Williams stands out in a sport where women are still a rarity behind the wheel.

In more ways than one, Kelly is like one of her race cars, strategically driving her way forward at high-speed.  As spokesperson for Car Care Canada’s Be Car Care Aware campaign, she brings her experience as a race car driver, educator, safety advocate and promoter to the Canadian public.

Kelly has driven race cars for over 15 years, beginning at the tender age of 17.  After graduating from teacher’s college at the University of Toronto in 1994, she decided to devote all of her energy to a racing career.  Her dedication and skills allowed her to quickly move through the ranks of Canadian motorsport.  Soon she started competing in the CASCAR Super Series, the most prestigious arena for stock car auto racing in Canada.

Today, Kelly  travels around the world with the Champcar Series as a Pace Car Driver. Keen for women to share her knowledge and love of cars, Kelly teaches women about driving, car maintenance and safety through her Ladies Car Clinics.

Join us as Kelly shares the ups and downs of life in the fast lane and the determination and stamina required to succeed in a man’s world and in business.

 
CAA Magazine Story-Manitoba Region PDF Print E-mail

Ladies, Start Your Engines!

A woman’s guide to shoptalk and car maintenance.

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I always thought that some of the least feminine things to do in life were to change a tire, check the oil or talk shop with a technician. Under the hood wasn’t in my worry zone.

Flashback to 2000. I’m driving on a stretch of Missouri highway and it’s raining. That’s when my windshield wipers suddenly stopped working. I find a repair shop and think I’ll be driving away in minutes. Long story short, it took me seven hours of waiting, pleading and, believe it or not, driving across town to pick up parts before I was on the road again.

I don’t know about you, but when I walk into any repair shop I immediately feel vulnerable—something many members of both genders can admit to—and when the service advisor tries to explain things to me, he might as well be speaking penguin.

“Automotive technicians enjoy a lingo of their own,” admits Dan Messner, manager of Automotive Technical Services for CAA in Manitoba. “Have the technician speak to you in plain terms. Ask questions such as, ‘What does this part do? How does it work? Why do I need it?’ You’re the customer paying to have a service done, so you should expect to clearly understand what the work is for and leave feeling satisfied as a consumer.”

Asking questions and doing research are the keys to being knowledgeable about car maintenance. Remember the owner’s manual that’s stuffed inside your glove compartment? It’s a wealth of information about what your car needs and when. Messner also suggests keeping a maintenance schedule that includes mileage dates for services performed. “Oil changes, tire rotations, seasonal inspections and repair work should be logged,” says Messner. “This provides you with a record and will prevent you from having unnecessary maintenance done to your car.”

According to Messner, we should all know how to change a tire, check and adjust tire pressure, change the oil, check and replace windshield wipers, and top up all fluid levels. In addition to the owner’s manual, information about automotive basics is available online at websites such as www.caa.ca. Information can also be found through how-to books, such as Dare to Repair Your Car: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Maintenance, Safety, Minor Fix-Its, and Talking Shop, by Julie Sussman and Stephanie Glakas-Tenet (HarperCollins, 2005).

But there remains that whole speaking-to-technicians thing. “Developing a relationship with a shop is key, like finding a good doctor,” offers Kelly Williams, a former CASCAR (www.cascar.ca) race driver and a spokesperson for Car Care Canada’s Be Car Care Aware Campaign. “The best thing for women to do is to empower themselves with information. Then when a technician tells them they need to replace brakes, they’ll know what he’s talking about.”

Both Messner and Williams suggest that a good way to find a reputable repair facility is through references from friends and family. Other excellent options are CAA Approved Auto Repair Services (AARS) facilities, which have been accredited and are recommended by CAA.

For a more hands-on approach, women’s car care clinics are often available through dealerships, colleges, CAA locations and other industry sources. Participating in one might be just the ticket to solving your car anxiety.

 
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