In the Spotlight: Bridgestone Gympie Service Centre
- September 27, 2021
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Road Safety
Roadcraft wouldn’t be where it is today without the support of our community; the local businesses, individuals and organisations that help us in making our roads safer for everyone.
One of those local businesses, Bridgestone Gympie Service Centre, have been supporting Roadcraft since the day they opened their doors. We caught up with owners Rex and Cathie Lohse to find out a little more about how and why they align themselves with our mission to drive change.
Tell us a little about your business.
We opened our doors in December 1997, trading as Bridgestone Service Centre as a franchise dealer. We’re located on Monkland Street in Gympie and love being an integral part of the community, making sure our customers’ cars are safe on our roads. We cover all tyre needs, wheel alignment and balancing, specialised brakes and suspension services, batteries and offer a 24 hour field service.
How long have you been working with Roadcraft?
From our very first day we have been working with Roadcraft, servicing all their tyre needs across their fleet of vehicles. We then became involved in supporting their educational program when that was established and have been championing them ever since!
Why have you chosen to support Roadcraft for all this time?
We believe that Roadcraft is an incredibly valuable driver education program, so much so that we believe it should be mandatory for all new drivers to have this type of training before they receive their licence.
Way too many young ones lose their lives through car accidents, and the families are left with that grief forever. The numbers are way higher than they should ever be.
What advice would you give to young drivers when out and about on the roads?
The best advice that we could possibly give to young drivers is not to be over-confident. It’s easy to think you’re a great driver and therefore ‘bulletproof’, but the fact remains that driving is a life-long learning experience, and novice drivers simply have not had enough practice when they begin their driving career.
Our advice to all drivers would be to take your time and don’t be in a rush to get where you are going. Break regularly if travelling on long trips and be aware of what is going on around you on the road and in traffic.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
We believe all young drivers should attend a Learner Driver Awareness course, and a Provisional Driver Awareness course once they get their P licence. This would have a significant impact on road safety. We’ll be continuing to support Roadcraft in their mission for as long as we are in business!
Our sincere thanks go to Rex and Cathie for their continued support. We couldn’t do it without you! Stay tuned for our next blog, following the theme and talking all about tyres.