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Book Review: ‘Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide’

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4.5 out of 5 stars rating



Patrice Banks is on a mission to educate and empower women to handle the complicated responsibility of owning and maintaining a car. Her straightforward, honest, and humorous approach to automotive ownership and maintenance is clearly on display in her new book, “Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide.” It is a comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of everything that involves your set of wheels. With DIY instructions, bold graphics, and a relatable and informative tone, any driver will instantly feel more knowledgeable about their ride.

Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide
Written by Patrice Banks

Product Details: Paperback, 304 pages, 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
Retail Price: $25.00 USA
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
ISBN: 978-1501144110
Publisher: Touchstone

Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide: Book Summary

The “Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide,” a relatable, entertaining, and thorough manual for drivers, is perfect for those who don’t understand or who would like to understand more about their cars. It opens with a quiz to test readers’ car knowledge and then goes into overdrive covering every square inch of a car, how it works, how drivers should take care of their car, and how to recognize and solve problems as well as handle repairs.

It features practical tips, diagrams of car parts and systems, graphics to complement and give readers a visual understanding of the text, maintenance charts for each system and major components, and DIY how-tos (such as how to jump-start a car, change a tire, and check fluids), as well as practical advice on finding a mechanic (aka Primary Care Technician), what to do after an accident, what to stock in the glove box and truck, and more. Basically, this guide answers every question you have or will ever have about your car but were too embarrassed to ask.

Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide: Book Review

It’s quite a remarkable feat to make such an extensive automotive manual not only informative but also so relatable and entertaining. Banks’ reassuring voice and vast knowledge jumps off the page, and it feels like you’re learning from a trusted friend. She breaks down the complexities of a highly-complex topic giving readers the key to understanding their vehicle.

There is no condescension, no “I know more than you do” or “you don’t know anything” tone, which women are often subjected to when taking their car in for service. There is also no over-the-head automotive jargon that just makes people not in the automotive industry feel stupid. Banks understands how it feels to be treated poorly at a service center or to lack the automotive knowledge that makes owning a vehicle so stressful, and her genuine desire to empower women to feel more confident about how their car works fills every page.

Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide is available through the publisher’s websiteAmazon, and other retailers.

Product provided for review by publisher.

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