Young drivers taught to stay safe and avoid car accidents, 23/10/2019

Published Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Young drivers were taught how to stay safe and avoid car accidents during a recent morning of activities at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre.

With young drivers (aged 17 to 24) at a much higher risk of crashing* than older drivers, the Year 13 students at JC6 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 alongside JC6 as part of an enrichment day to help students 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 reaction whilst wearing vision impairment goggles, experienced a car crash simulator known as the VF4 car  which is 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.

Emily Kelly, Assistant Head of Sixth Form at JC6 said:

Our Year 13 students experienced a day which was focussed around increasing their awareness of factors which could affect their driving and potentially cause accidents which are life-threatening. The students got to experience scenarios and simulations which re-created car crashes as well as the effects alcohol could have on their reaction times and sight to name a few activities. They were shocked and remarked on how this day would truly change the way they drive and rethink the decisions they may previously have made. This wasn’t just a fun activity day, but an experience which could prevent our students from being involved in such life-changing scenarios. I’d like to thank everyone who made the day possible and ensured it was so informative and fun.

*Figures taken from Brake, the road safety campaign charity