Young drivers taught to stay safe and avoid car accidents, 06/08/2019

Educational demonstration of driving safety

Published Tuesday, 06 August 2019

Young drivers were taught how to stay safe and avoid car accidents during a recent morning of activities at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus.

With young drivers (aged 17-24 years) at a much higher risk of crashing* than older drivers, the year 12 students had the opportunity to take part in a Young Driver Safety event organised by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue, Leicestershire Police and the Road Safety Partnership as part of an enrichment day to help understand the issues around road safety. 

The students took part in a varied and interactive programme which focused on what not to do when driving, using demonstrations, presentations and interactive displays to illustrate the consequences of ignoring the essential message of don’t drink, don’t use your phone, don’t eat, keep distractions to a minimum and wear a seatbelt.

As well as hearing about the ‘Fatal Four’ causes of car accidents, students tested their reactions whilst wearing vision impairment goggles, experienced a car crash simulator known as the VF4 car (a road legal car which has been transformed), wear virtual reality headsets, make mocktails, measure units of alcohol and take part in a drug and alcohol quiz. The speed awareness team demonstrated a speed camera and spoke about not only safety but also the importance of maintenance and securing your vehicle.

The Fire Service also talked through the procedures Fire Fighters follow when extracting an injured person from a vehicle that has been involved in a crash and students watched as they used ‘Jaws of Life’ to safely cut open and remove the doors, boot and roof of a car to enable them access to the victim.

Councillor Michael Mullaney, the Borough Council's Executive Member for Community Safety said:

This event has been a great success and enabled students to get some hands-on experience of the importance of being safe on the road and the effects of drugs, alcohol and mobile phones while driving. This has been down to the strong partnership working between the Borough Council, the school, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service and the Police which enabled them to work hand in hand and provide invaluable knowledge for students.

Chris Bugh, Assistant Headteacher, said:

The Safer Driving Event is an essential experience for all teenagers new to driving or who are likely to start learning in the near future. The mixture of presentations, hands-on activities and workshops enabled our students to think deeply about the responsibilities of being a driver. The event was hard-hitting and cannot fail to have had an impact, helping to make our roads safer. A massive thank you to the knowledgeable and supportive staff who contributed - you have made a difference.

*Figures taken from Brake, the road safety campaign charity