Students praise free driving course
Students from a school in Bath and North East Somerset have praised a free driving awareness session being delivered on behalf of Avon and Somerset Police.
80 pupils from Chew Valley School in Chew Magna have taken part in the Road Smart driving awareness course in a bid to help reduce their risks on the road.
Road Smart, produced by the TTC Group on behalf of Avon and Somerset Police, is designed to raise awareness of potential hazards for drivers. More than 1,000 people of all ages have signed up for the free course.
Sergeant Will Stephens, Avon and Somerset Police, said: “These free sessions are available all over the force area for members of the public of all ages. We can also arrange for courses to be held at schools, colleges or places of work to reach larger groups.”
The series of events held at Chew Valley School over the past three months is part of a collaboration between Bath and North East Somerset Council and Avon and Somerset Police to promote road safety for young drivers.
The Road Smart initiative complements the council’s ‘Wrecked West’ risk avoidance classes to provide young drivers and passengers with knowledge to help them safely negotiate their formative driving years.
Andy Arbuckle, head of sixth form at Chew Valley School, said: “This is the fourth workshop we’ve run this year and students have found them very helpful.
“Another excellent scheme is the Wrecked West road safety presentations and we are working closely with the Bath and North East Somerset road safety team to make sure that our students benefit from this as well.”
One sixth-former, Lydia Lanning, said the course was “really eye-opening” and “made you realise just how important the speed limits are”.
Another, Ben Grant, said the course “made me think about my driving much more” and added that he was “going to be much more aware of other drivers and pedestrians”.