The collision data shows that young people aged 16 – 24 year olds are a high risk casualty group. As young people start to drive / ride their inexperience makes them very vulnerable and their risk of crashing is at the highest in the first two years of passing their test. National research also shows that their crash risks increase when accompanied by passengers their own age. Our education and engagement activities with this age group contains coping mechanisms so that the young person is able to take control of the risks that they may face.
Our ‘drive4life’ PowerPoint presentations are intended to deliver important and relevant road safety messages to young drivers, those considering learning to drive, and passengers aged 15 and over who travel with young drivers, working to keep our roads safe. The presentation can be delivered to small class size groups, or to larger audiences such as year groups. All presentations can be adjusted to suit available time. We can also add a workshop element if required. This is aimed at year 11 and above. It also covers ‘My Car, My Rules’ and being a positive driver or passenger.
Scoot4life – Scooter/Moped Riders
Our ‘scoot4life’ presentation is intended for young riders of powered two wheelers, especially those who have just made the transition from pedal cycles. The presentation gives general advice on riding, equipment and causes of collisions. This presentation can be delivered to smaller groups. It is often given to Youth Offending Teams.
Fast Fit Vehicle Maintenance
This is a new presentation which is aimed at showing young drivers the importance of ensuring that their vehicle is road legal and covers the reasons where they may be stopped by police. Classroom input and then out to some vehicles to show them how to check tyres, fluids, wipers etc.
Another new presentation which is aimed at what to do in the event of a collision and how to protect the scene, protect themselves and basic first aid advice. Also what to say when ringing 999.
Theatre in Education year 11 – 13 – ‘Braking Point’
SRH funds a three week road safety tour aimed at students in years 11 – 13 (aged 15 – 19). The current play is called ‘Braking Point’ and focusses on messages to young drivers (speed, drink driving, mobile phone use and seat belts) and to passengers (distraction, seat belts and being a responsible passenger). In total 30 plays and workshops are delivered across schools and colleges during the tour.
National Citizens Service
This is linked directly into the Fire Service where NCS groups come through and spend a day at the fire station, half a day is spent on firefighter skills and hoses and the other half covers safety messages, road, water and fire safety. Peer pressure is a main part of this input.
Pathfinder Under 17’s driving course
The partnership sponsors the Pathfinder, Under 17’s driving course that is delivered three times a year. This week long driving course involves a young person and their parent and teaches them basic car control in a safe closed road environment. During the week the engagement team deliver presentations around safe speed and also demonstrate a range of different vehicles i.e. fire appliance, safety camera van and X5 enforcement vehicle.
Youth Offending Teams
The SRH team work closely with the local Youth Offending Teams to deliver bespoke road safety interventions to young offenders with related offences.