Young drivers receive a lesson in road safety from the fire brigade
The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) delivered a series of interactive sessions during National Road Safety Week in June. The sessions were held at an apprentice training centre in the North East of England, where more than one hundred 17 to 21 year olds attended to seek advice and tips on staying safe on the road as both drivers and passengers. The objective of the Road Safety Week was to reduce deaths and injuries on our roads. According to the Hartlepool Mail, road collisions are the leading cause of death for young adults aged between 15 and 19.
The article says drivers are four times more likely to crash when using a mobile phone at the wheel. So it is no surprise the CFOA were particularly focused on tackling the issue of distracted driving during the sessions. Firefighters got students involved in multi vehicle crash scene rescue scenarios. Chief Fire Officer, Ian Hayton, told the Hartlepool Mail that “young people are so used to multitasking, such as watching TV while texting and using the internet, they might not even anticipate the dangers of doing so whilst behind the wheel”.
Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Learn & Live co-ordinator, Andrew Bright, added: “The brigade attends dozens of road traffic incidents every year and our officers witness the trauma first-hand that casualties go through which often could have been avoided if more attention to the driving task had been given. Driving requires a 100% focus and concentration from a driver whether young, old, inexperienced or experienced”.
We think interactive sessions like these provide excellent opportunities for young drivers and learners to get a better understanding of the reality of distracted driving, giving them an insight into the consequences. Having the students get involved with crash scene rescue scenarios is a good way to get students to think about not only their fate, but those around them. If you want more information about avoiding distractions and staying safe on the roads then check out this guide to driver distractions from our sister company insurethebox.
With young drivers aged between 17 and 19 involved in 12% of fatal and serious crashes (according to Brake), would you like to see more help and advice being given out amongst them? Let us know in the comments below.