New resource for 10-11 year-olds on safety around commercial vehicles

Road Safety GB have joined forces with Scania (Great Britain) – a major supplier to UK industry of trucks, buses, coaches and engines – to develop a free resource to teach children aged 10-11 years about commercial vehicle blind spots and rear-wheel 'cut in' when turning corners.

Part theory and part practical, ‘Stay Safe on the Road’ is a detailed lesson plan for teachers. It includes simple worksheets which assess children’s knowledge of blind spots and cut-in is sampled at the beginning and end so that teachers can measure the impact of the lesson.

At the end of 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.  Follow-up sessions take place at six weeks, three months and six months to evaluate long-term impact.

Launching the resource, Honor Byford, Chair of Road Safety GB 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."

For more information on the ‘Stay Safe On The Road’ programme, see Demand is expected to be high, so make sure you pre-register for this resource by contacting Road Safety GB.

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Updated July 2015