Pupils learn about road safety

Russ McGowan teaches Elvington Primary School pupils how to stay safe around large vehicles.
Russ McGowan teaches Elvington Primary School pupils how to stay safe around large vehicles.

Pupils from a primary school in the area learned how to stay safe around large vehicles when they took part in a Child Road Safety Programme.

Presenters from the logistics company, Gist, used a heavy goods vehicle to help pupils at Elvington Primary understand stopping distances and driver ‘blind spots’. Afterwards, the children were also given the opportunity to sit inside the cab of the vehicle and see for themselves the view from the driver’s seat.

This was then followed by an interactive presentation that included a session on general road safety to support national curriculum requirements as well as providing clear advice on how they can stay safe on the roads as pedestrians and cyclists.

Jenny Rogers, headteacher, said: “The programme was very enjoyable for the children and having first-hand experiences has made them more aware of the risks associated with HGVs. There are lots of HGVs travelling through the village of Elvington and therefore it is really important for the children to learn to be as safe as they can be around them.”