Free vehicle checks for students

Posted on 24 November 2010
“Young drivers are a key target audience for road safety, especially at this time of year."

Students in Newcastle-under-Lyme will receive free vehicle checks as part of an initiative to educate them about safe driving in the winter.

Officers from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be carrying out the checks at Keele University on Thursday, 25 November.

They will also give young people advice on how to adapt their driving to severe road conditions and hand out free ice scrapers and cans of de-icer.

The £650 scheme is targeted at drivers between the ages of 17 and 25 and has been funded by Newcastle Safer Communities Partnership.

Mick Daniels, Newcastle Assistant Area Commander at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Young drivers are a key target audience for road safety, especially at this time of year. We want to speak to as many people as possible about their driving skills before they fall into bad habits.

“Students also need to know how to maintain their vehicles in bad weather, for example not driving off before all the windows and the windscreen are clear from snow, ice or condensation which can restrict visibility.”

Cllr. Stephen Sweeney, Cabinet member for safer and stronger communities at the borough council, added: “The partnership fully supports this campaign as it’s a great way to reach a large number of young people.

“They have little or no experience of driving in bad weather so it is hoped that education will help to reduce the number of people seriously injured or killed on roads in the borough.”

Newcastle Safer Communities Partnership involves a range of local organisations which work together to tackle problems in the borough.

Members include Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire Police and Keele University.