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Second Autofest on June 2 at JAA

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Earl Jarrett (second left), chairman of the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA), inspects an off-road tire on display at the 2011 staging of the JAA Autofest. Looking on are Duane Ellis (left), general manager of the JAA, Orville Johnson (second right), executive director of the Insurance Association of Jamaica, and supervisor at Chad Ad distributors Ltd, Desmond McDonald.-Contributed

Vehicle care and maintenance services, as well as driver-improvement simulations and training, are among the main features of the 2012 Autofest Auto Fair. It will be held at the Jamaica Automobile Association's (JAA) headquarters, 7 Central Avenue, Swallowfield, St Andrew, on Saturday, June 2.

Autofest, which will be held under the theme 'Car Care for Safe Motoring', was first staged last year and received positive responses from the more than 300 persons who benefitted from the event.

Duane Ellis, general manager of the JAA, said the fair will once again be staged in collaboration with the Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ) and will offer vehicle inspections, valuations and diagnostics, as well as washes and general cleaning.

"With the participation of the IAJ, Autofest will also place emphasis on road safety and accident prevention with exhibits that will highlight some of the hazards of driving, including speeding," Ellis pointed out.

A simulator

Among the new features that have been added to Autofest are driver-improvement simulations and training, which will be open to patrons. "We will be using a simulator to allow persons to test their driving skills and provide suggestions on how they can make improvements," Ellis explained.

Orville Johnson, executive director of IAJ, pointed out that Autofest provides an opportunity for the insurance industry "to give back and educate the public on the importance of keeping their vehicles properly maintained".

"Buying a vehicle is the second most important purchase most persons will make, and it is important that they work to maintain the value of the car and learn to drive safely," Johnson stated.

As part of the JAA's support of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety campaign, special focus will also be placed on safe road use by children and the promotion of behaviour change as it relates to drunk driving.

Ellis added that JAA Show Your Card and Save discount partners and other affiliates will showcase their products and services at Autofest 2012.

"The very popular used car flea market will also be brought back to facilitate car owners who are seeking a quick sale," he explained. More than 10 vehicles were sold on the spot, at the 2011 flea market.

Autofest is open to members of the general public, and is free of cost for to all in attendance.