“Bye then dear. In next lesson we teach you how to strip syncromesh from gearbox when pulling out of driveway”
There was widespread condemnation last night as news emerged that a Saudi Arabian woman had been subjected to a public flogging after she opened a small business aimed at teaching women how to be a dangerous menace when behind the wheel.
The woman, aged 34, was tied to a post in the middle of Rijadh and given 100 lashes before being taken to a local prison where she will serve 10 years hard labour and have 12 penalty points added to her driving licence.
It is believed that she planned to teach women a number of motoring skills, including how to stall the engine while attempting to pull away from the lights with the handbrake on, driving the wrong way down one-way streets, appallingly ill-judged parallel parking, scraping paintwork and snapping off wing mirrors when reversing into the garage, and also tips on applying full make up while hogging the overtaking lane on the motorway.
Rudimentary mechanical skills were also on offer which included how to run out of oil and destroy the engine despite being repeatedly told by a man to keep regular checks on the dipstick, leaving the lights on overnight to completely drain the battery, in-car sweet wrapper dropping, and how to undo the top three buttons on a blouse and stand alongside a car looking forelorn and pathetic, holding a car jack, in the event of a puncture.
Basic road etiquette was also included in the 3 day course, including, how to pull over and start crying after getting hopelessly lost a quarter of a mile from home, stopping alongside friends to chat on busy A roads, and advanced tuition in how to scream hysterical, foul-mouthed abuse at other road users during the menstrual cycle.
This latest controversial incident comes just 2 weeks after a woman from Qatar was stoned to death in the town square for telling her husband to slow down a bit on the motorway in direct contravention of the state law on back seat driving.