YOUNG DRIVERS

The Casualty Reduction Team at Transport for Buckinghamshire runs a number of initiatives that support the education and training of young drivers.

Get In Gear is a two part course ,  made up of an interactive presentation and a 4 hour advance driver training session. It aims to give skills to cope with independent driving and reduce the chances of being involved in a crash.

Perfect Partner is an interactive guide for accompanying drivers and learners. The pack includes a CD -ROM that has dedicated sections for the accompanying driver with resources, information on how to handle different situations and tips for carrying out effective practice sessions. Parents and driving instructors are being offered this resource free of charge.

Safe Drive Stay Alive is an innovative theatre in education project that partners across the Thames Valley are a working together to produce. It involves a film and stage show about a young driver out for the evening with three young friends. Under pressure from his friends he loses control and crashes his car, killing one of the passengers and injuring the other two. A victim, a police officer, fireman, paramedic and casualty surgeon will get on stage and talk about what it is like for them to deal with a collision.

First Car magazine aims to help 16-19 year old learners and drivers find out more about driving and staying safe on the road. The magazine is currently available every term for schools in Buckinghamshire and can be ordered and delivered to you for free on a regular basis, through the Road Safety Team.

Learn and Live
We have worked with Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service to develop a road safety presentation – ‘Learn and Live’ – which is aimed at 17 – 18 year old drivers and passengers. The presentation takes up to one hour and will be delivered by a member of the Fire & Rescue Service in your school. The audience are encouraged to discuss some of the issues around young people and cars, including peer pressure and seatbelts.

For more details, please contact Keith Wheeler, Bucks Fire & Rescue Service – kwheeler@bucksfire.gov.uk