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Educational vehicles

Our road safety vehicles are designed for educating and raising awareness with drivers of all ages.

In order to effectively work with those groups most at risk, we have four vehicles which help us interact with them in a way that is more meaningful for them. We can take the vehicles to the audience and we interact regularly with driving groups across the counties.

Road Safety Advocates

All the RTC reduction vehicles attending community safety events are staffed by fully trained advocates. The advocates have attended courses designed to equip them with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding required to fully engage with the target audience and ensure that clear, accurate and consistent messages are delivered at the events.

VW Driving Simulators

This is an innovative idea and a first in the UK . It is modified and highly customised to attract young drivers and has a driving simulator set up in the back allowing young people to test their skills in a safe environment. Using computer simulation enables us to get learning points across related to risks such as drink driving, in car distractions, using mobile phones and speeding.

This has proven so popular with young people that the Service now has two VW Driving Simulators (PDF).

 

Designed to: Improve young drivers’ awareness, attitude and behaviour to the dangers on the road and the consequences. It will link to the existing road safety programmes currently running in Devon and Somerset

 

Uses: The vehicle is designed to be used in areas where the young drivers congregate, such as cruises, schools or colleges, RTC reduction events, car shows, and community safety events. At the rear it has a Plasma TV and a 10,000 watt stereo system. This has proved very popular with young drivers as it attracts their attention and they want to come and talk to us in their own environments and on their own terms.


Mitsubishi Evolution

This is an idea that has been successfully used elsewhere in the UK. It is a desired vehicle for our target audience and attracts their interest. It is then easier to talk to them about the dangers they face when out on the road and the consequences of risk taking.


Designed to: Improve young drivers' awareness, attitude and behaviour to the dangers on the road and the consequences. It will link to the existing Road safety programmes currently running in Devon and Somerset


Uses: The vehicle is used in areas where young drivers congregate, such as cruises, schools or colleges, RTC reduction events, car shows, and community safety events. The EVO is a tool that encourages young and emerging drivers to engage with us on their terms. Once the discussion is started, they are invited to view the vehicle and view the consequences of poor driving using the on board DVD player.


Equipment: In the boot space is a DVD player and LCD TV, plus DVD packages to target the common driving problems.

Motorbikes


We also have two motorbikes which are used throughout the counties to speak directly to motorcyclists. The Triumph Tiger Sport and the Triumph Daytona 675R were chosen with the motorcycling community as vehicles that will attract attention and enable us to get our messages across effectively. They are designed to act as a ‘hook’ and engage riders and sign post them to appropriate training events. See the motorbikes (PDF)

VW Community Transporter

This vehicle is a particularly useful tool for community events, focus weeks and more generalised road safety interventions. This VW T5 has a powerful music system, a rear screen and internal screen with a DVD player for each. It also has PA and A/V presentation capabilities. It is designed to act as the hook to engage with a target audience. This then gives the community safety advocates the opportunity to engage and educate the audience in their environment and at congregation points

Uses: This vehicle has huge benefits if you are trying to engage with a large target audience; due to the PA capabilities. It has the space to invite an audience inside the vehicle to educate via DVD resources or a more formal presentation via a laptop. The roof can be raised to allow a presenter to stand inside as well as giving ventilation and light to the inside of the vehicle.

We also have a Crashed Car and Trailer (PDF)

 

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