The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on January 7, 1962 · Page 28
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 28

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, January 7, 1962
Page 28
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Journeys to Pleasure... Women Drivers Organize for 1962 By Frances Koltun America's women drivers are going to get a fine—and we tliinl<, long overdue—New Year's present for 1962. If you feel bemused, insecure, and slightly like a lamb at the slaughter every time you stop at a service station—or if the annual deluge of information on new cars tells you nothing—take courage. The woman driver, like the nagging mother-in-law, is a stock figure in American humor. If you are irritated and bored every time the old jokes about your driving come up, you are among 33 million women across America who account for some 40 per cent of the nation's drivers—a substantial lobby indeed. Because you look at a car differently from the way men look at a car, an organization has been set up to satisfy your needs and problems— and high time, too. It's called the Automotive Council for Women, and its director and entire staff (except for .clerical help) is Miss Jeanne Wertz, a brown-haired, green-eyed woman who first sat at a steering wheel when she was six years old, started learning to drive in earnest at age 10. In 1909, Mrs. John R, Ramsey became the first woman to drive across the country. She left New York in a Maxwell car with three women companions on June 9 and arrived in San Francisco 53 days later. Recently, we had coffee with Miss Wertz, to find out as much as we could about the activities and background of the council, and of its director. The council, she toldjthe passenger automobile us, was instituted to serve women in their relation to world—to give them advice and guidance on the myriad problems which women drivers face. Miss Wertz, herself couldn't care less about the mechanics that go on under a hood, and if you don't under­ stand'the difference between the crankshaft and the transmission, she won't explain it to you. What she will tell you is how to take care of your car, what to look for in a new tire, what sort of automobile insurance you need—arid a flood of other useful information. "My car is a great joy to me," Miss Wertz said, "and it can and should—be to every other woman. Driving for pleasure opens up a new way of life—especially for the woman who lives alone." The problem is, Miss Wertz told us, that a woman in a service station or at an automobile dealer's is like a man in a beauty shop. She's unsure, at sea, feels she's in a worid completely foreign to her. The language spoken is not her language—and she needs an interpreter. The work of the council is largely translation work. The services of the Automotive Council for Women are given on a membership basis. To join, you pay $2.50 a year, (write the council at 153 East 57 St., New York 22, N. Y.). As a member, you can call or write for advice on purchasing a new or used car (what sort will fill your needs, wha^ to look for, not what make is better than the rest), caring for the particular make of car you already own, automotive service information "to save time and money," choosing the right gas and oil for your car, how to buy and keep up tires, automobile insurance, new accessories. It will give you general guidance for driving under different road conditions, road rules, and require- as a refuge for women whose husbands are always getting technical. She also gets calls from mothers, asking for safety information for teenage drivers. If you're a club- womah, the Automotive Council for Women will send you a club speaker on any phase of automobiles that interests you. "Those women driver jokes do more to rattle women at the wheel than anything," ments, travel information, and^said Miss Wertz. "Surrounded news of safety programs. And by men, a woman gets nerv- you can also pick up such ous; if she's parking in front handy miscellaneous bits asjof a man, she feels as if her what exercises to do whenicar is two blocks long. We RACINE SUNDAY BULLETIN Jan. 7, 1962 Sec. 3, Page 9 your neck gets tired. Miss Wertz's organization quizzed husbands on their wives' driving, and found is a fairy godmother for single something quite interesting, and widowed women, whojNo man would praise his haven't a man to decipheriwifc's driving in front of her their car problems, as well— but, interviewed alone, 90 per cent of these same husbands would say their wives were very good drivers. Among our other activities, we're going to try and dispel those old cliches. But, I suppose, like the mother-in-law joke, the woman driver joke is here to stay. 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