Schoolkids get a lorry load of road safety tips

Primary school children across the county are learning about the dangers of lorries on roads thanks to a new council initiative.

Gist Logistics, in partnership with Transport for Buckinghamshire’s Road Safety Team and the Sustainability Team for Place service, are promoting the initiative to schools throughout the county.

Through an interactive indoor session and an outdoor session with a practical demonstration, children are taught valuable road safety advice on large vehicles, including the dangers of under-estimating lorry stopping distances.

Children are also given the chance to sit in the lorry cab to help them understand where blind spots are on the vehicles.

Cheddington Primary School recently hosted one of the demonstrations.

And Kim Key, the school’s travel plan co-ordinator said pupils had responded well to the presentation.

“It was a real eye opener for the adults too,” she said.

Martin Gwynn, Gist’s chief executive, said: “Gist’s focus on safety within our operations has always been essential.

“But we also feel it is important to pass on practical safety messages to young people to help make our communities as safe as possible.”