New resource will help children ‘stay safe on the road’
Road Safety GB and Scania* (Great Britain) have joined forces to produce a new resource which seeks to teach children aged 10-11 years about commercial vehicle blind spots and rear-wheel 'cut in' when turning corners.
‘Stay Safe On The Road’ is part theoretical and part practical and delivered in accordance with a full lesson plan developed especially for the programme.
During the lesson, worksheets compare students' knowledge of blind spots and cut-in before and after teaching in order to ascertain the learning gained during the session.
Following the lesson, each student is given a personal copy of the Stay Safe on the Road booklet and a poster is left with the school to display as an aide memoire.
The final parts of the process are three follow up sessions at intervals of six weeks and three and six months. These are delivered by the school and are designed to measure students’ retention of the programme's messages over the longer term.
The new resource was unveiled by Honor Byford, chair of Road Safety GB, to the 100 delegates who attended the CLOCS seminar at the Tip-ex 2015 event in Harrogate (28-30 May).
Launching the resource, Honor Byford said: "The objective of this initiative is to show children how to stay safe when cycling or walking near commercial vehicles.
“Our intention is that the programme should now be delivered to children the length and breadth of the UK, and our hope is that the industry will come together and provide assistance to help us succeed in that aim."
Arif Jafferji, Scania’s business development and marketing director, said: "Safety is always Scania's top priority and we are delighted to be supporting this initiative. An immense amount of time and effort has been put in to produce a programme which will spread awareness among children in a manner which is both instructive and memorable.
“On behalf of all of us at Scania, I would like to thank the Road Safety GB team for their invaluable input which has led to the creation of this unique road safety programme."
FOOTNOTE RE: AVAILABILITY OF THIS RESOURCE
We will publish details of how to register for the 'Stay Safe On The Road' packs shortly. If you would like to pre-register, please send your contact details and the school or organisation you represent.
Scania is a major supplier to UK industry of trucks, buses, coaches and engines for industrial and marine applications. Based in Sweden and with production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is a global organisation which markets its products in around 100 countries worldwide.