Your article: A lesson in road safety

Students with the iCar.
Students with the iCar.

Year 11 students at The Market Weighton School recently spent a day looking at road safety with a team from Humberside Fire Service.

Students had the opportunity to ride in a car simulator (iCar) which demonstrates how inappropriate and dangerous behaviour can result in a crash.

A film was played through TV monitors in which a driver and four passengers crash into a tree. The car, a modified Vauxhall Astra, is rigged with hydraulics which move in sync with the video, complete with smoke and flashing blue lights. The car moves and shakes, and the effect is very hard-hitting.

The whole experience demonstrates the reality of how bad a car accident can be and gives young drivers a better understanding of the dangers they face on the roads.

The project is the work of Safer Roads Humber, a partnership between police, councils and the Highways Agency. The workshops are designed to make young people think about the safety of themselves and others. Over a quarter of young males aged 17 to 19 are involved in a collision in their first year of driving.

Alongside this, students were able to watch a fire appliance cut open a car and extract a casualty.