Builders merchant puts Northampton students in the driving seat to teach them about drink-driving dangers

A builders merchant in partnership with Northamptonshire Highways, will let students get behind the wheel of their specialist heavy goods vehicle to educate students about road safety while acting as passengers, drivers and pedestrians.

Friday, 28th April 2017, 5:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:19 pm
Travis Perkins.

Next week Travis Perkins’ is set to feature demonstrations with their specially designed safety truck, which will enable the Northampton Academy students to see the dangers of the road from the driver’s perspective.

The truck has extra safety features, CCTV to increase visibility in blind spots for the driver and warning lights, reverse sensors and cameras.

Graham Bellman, group fleet director at Travis Perkins, says: “This is an excellent initiative for young and future drivers to get a hands-on feel for the risks associated with driving while in a safe environment.

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"Safety is so important to us at Travis Perkins PLC and going straight to the next generation of road users with such a powerful range of messages will help make our roads safer now and in years to come”

Also in attendance will be 2fast2soon, with a customised Peugeot 207 that has been kitted out to simulate the experience of a car accident using hydraulics, smoke machines, audio and video.

The immersive presentation takes students from point of impact through to being taken to the hospital, a hard-hitting delivery designed to educate the most vulnerable road users - 17-24 year olds - of the risks of poor road user behaviours.

In addition to the workshop from Travis Perkins’ Safety Truck, there will be interactive workshops from 3D Driving Awareness, who allow students to gauge a realistic view of how their driving could be impaired from the misuse of alcohol and a seat belt sled which simulates a 5mph impact to show the importance of wearing a seatbelt at all times.

Travis Perkins and Northamptonshire Highways along with Northamptonshire Fire and Police are working together to improve road safety and provide educational opportunities to schools across the county.