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A participant honing her skills at the #SheDrives event in Guwahati, Assam on Sunday
A participant honing her skills at the #SheDrives event in Guwahati, Assam on Sunday|Twitter image 
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On track: How these women got to drive like a pro in Guwahati

Organised by Autocar India and Ford, #SheDrives taught participants how to control a car in an emergency situation, and apply those skills in everyday life

Bracy Nongrum

Guwahati: In a bid to sharpen women’s pro driving skills, Autocar India in partnership with Ford organised a women-exclusive fun driving event at Kharguli in Guwahati, Assam on Sunday.

The event, called #SheDrives, aimed at encouraging women to learn advanced driving techniques that would not only be thrilling but also equip them to deal with emergency situations on the road.

During the day-long affair, participants got a chance to drive on custom-built tracks under the supervision of pro drivers.

Speaking with EastMojo, Renuka Kirpalani, host and editor of Autocar India, said: “We wanted women to get behind the wheel, be fearless and have complete control over the car."

The Guwahati chapter saw many women from all age groups taking part in #SheDrives
The Guwahati chapter saw many women from all age groups taking part in #SheDrives
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Participants were provided with insights into advanced driving techniques, as well as an opportunity to not just acquire new skills but also sharpen existing ones. Professionals from Autocar India ensured that each of the participants got acquainted with the circuit via a ‘sighting lap’ followed by a ‘hot lap’.

“Fear is always there in the back of their mind and I wanted them to lose that fear completely. I wanted them to really know how to control a car in an emergency situation. When they go out from here, they should have skills that they can apply in everyday life as well,” Kripalani added.

The women drivers were encouraged to also learn how to drift a car and control it if it loses traction. Once they mastered the techniques, they were timed again.