Woking - Safety course gets road test
Students at Woking High School are the first to try out a new road safety course at the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy near Weybridge, Surrey.
The 30 Year 10 pupils have been piloting the scheme, Roadsense, before it is rolled out across Surrey schools in January.
Andy Dyer, vice-principal of Woking High School, said: "We have something approaching 3,000 journeys to and from school a day, so we take our responsibility very seriously to ensure as much as we can safe journeys."
Students on the half-day course learn about road safety through hands-on driving experience, on-track practical training and peer-group discussions.
The course consists of a briefing on road safety from the perspective of the pedestrian, passenger and driver. Then students are divided into groups of three and take turns to drive a Mercedes-Benz around a test circuit under the supervision of a driver.
A final discussion group includes peer pressure, speed and mobile phones. Pupils can compare their experiences and prepare themselves for real-life situations.
The course is open to Surrey students aged 14 and over and costs #163;25 per student. hw