Sixth Form and Further Education

Roadster

Young, newly qualified drivers and riders and their passengers are at much higher risk than other road user groups.

A young person aged 17-19 is more likely to be killed in a car driven by themselves or a friend at this age than by any other single cause of death.

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25% of fatalities in Essex in the past three years have involved younger drivers, and more crashes involve 18-year-olds than any other age group. The ‘at fault’ crash rate for younger drivers is three times higher than that of drivers aged 26 – 59 years – and excessive speed is a contributory factor in 25% of all younger driver crashes.

 

Event Style

This event can be booked through Road Safety Officers and comprises six 40 minute scenarios. It is offered to over 60 schools across Essex. Working in partnership with other agencies, it uses different learning and teaching styles to enhance the student experience. Using the law as a basis of learning, this event brings personal experience, local stories and role-play as well as a practical driving element. It can be deliveredd in a flexible way to fit around the working school day and minimise disruption to the rest of the school.

The practical driving option is not mandatory and alternative practical elements can be offered.

 

Aims

  • Raise awareness of the causes of road traffic collisions and risk factors such as the “Fatal 4” (drink & drug driving, mobile phone use, excess speed, not wearing seatbelts) the law and the penalties
  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves and others safe in a car as a driver and as a passenger.
  • Understand passenger responsibilities and how their behaviour can distract or influence the driver.
  • Provide students with alternative, safer choices about their travel arrangements.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the causes of serious and fatal collisions and provide local and national statistics and costs.
  • Using role-play, show how students can identify strategies to positively influence their drivers.
  • Using local stories and presenters from emergency services to explain how peer-pressure and showing-off can have tragic consequences.
  • Through discussion with presenters who have personal stories & experiences, understand how drugs and alcohol impairs judgement and reactions when driving. Provide students with alternative choices about their journeys and the risks they take.
  • Understand the principles of driving and basic maintenance.
  • Provide students with information about rogue traders when buying a car and the safety checks they can do beforehand.
  • Provide practical skills and knowledge through role-play of basic first aid at the scene of a crash.
  • Discuss driver training, qualified driving instructors, theory and practical driving tests, and provide information about local driver training,
  • Encourage students to ‘speak up’ if they feel unsafe.

For more informstion visit the Roadster website: www.essex-roadster.co.uk