CRESTVIEW — Destinie McCara is 13, but she's already learning mechanic work so she's ready when it's time to drive.
For that, she can partially credit Hub City Ford and North Okaloosa Medical Center employees and Tuesday's "Heels and Wheels" automobile maintenance clinic.
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Kimberly Davis said she wants her daughter to know the basics.
"I wanted (Destinie) to know how to change her tires and change her fluids before she starts driving," Davis said. "I think it is very beneficial for every child to learn how to change a tire or check their oil ... because a tow truck could take (up to) three hours to get there."
Destinie said she learned how to change a flat tire and what to look for when replacing brake pads and checking vehicle fluids.
Car problems will happen, she said, adding, "I'd rather do the manual labor than have to spend money."
Ford Motor Company employees and representatives taught attendees how to check tire pressure and change tires, and how to use roadside assistance, among other helpful tips.
"We are trying to dispel the myths that auto care facilities are taking advantage of women," said Dion Stakley, the dealer's parts and services director, one of several employees who answered questions from 30 attendees. "To help prevent that is to empower women on the maintenance process."