Students steered in the right direction

Thursday, 29 September 2016

160930-driver -awareness1Students at Seevic College, Benfleet, recently took part in a campaign aimed at making young people better and safer drivers.

Vocational students studying a Level 2 & 3 Business course at the college watched a presentation led by Jan James from Good Egg Drivers, accompanied by Christie Doran, a 21-year-old racing driver from Falkirk. 

The national initiative, sponsored by Royal Sun Alliance and the Arnold Clark Group, is backed by leading road safety organisations. Its aim is to help reduce young driver and passenger casualties throughout the UK.

The presentation included information on the vital importance of choosing a good driving instructor, interactive Q&As on driving statistics for young people and a video on what happens when you don’t wear a seatbelt.

Jan James, Chief Executive for Good Egg Safety, said: “This isn’t a one-off intervention; this is about giving students the tools to make informed decisions. For example choosing the right instructor, one who is an approved driving instructor, not a trainee, and facilitating them to talk about the issues surrounding drink and drug driving”.

On average, 44 young people aged 17-24 are killed or suffer a serious injury in cars, such as disfigurement or life-changing disabilities every week and on average 1 in 5 newly qualified drivers will crash in the first six months of passing their test.

160930-driver -awareness2The students also watched a video of Christie Doran crashing in a race. She shared her driving experiences; including speaking about the clothes she wears to protect her.

She said: “Speed is great on the track but not on the road. In the UK hundreds of drivers are killed in crashes every year, where someone exceeds the speed limit or drives too fast for the conditions. I know people my age who have already had bad crashes. There is a time and a place - and it is not on our roads.”

Kallum Fletcher, 16 from Rayleigh, said “The presentation was really good; it made you think about the consequences of things. The video about not wearing a seatbelt was really shocking, I’m going to make sure I always wear a seatbelt – it’s so important!”

Jo Williams, Teacher of Business at the college said: “This is a great initiative for those most vulnerable on the roads, young drivers. It’s so important for our students to learn how to be safer on the road”.

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