Year 10s from Gad’s Hill School learned how to stay safe in a car, at the newly-opened Road Safety Experience, Rochester.

The forty-strong group spent a morning at the purpose-built centre, where they witnessed a mock, but shockingly realistic, car accident, acted as crash scene investigators, and tested their concentration skills in a series of interactive challenges.

On arrival, the classmates were met by firefighter tour guides from Kent Fire and Rescue Service, who gave expert advice and information throughout the visit.

Once seated in the impressive auditorium, the Gad’s students watched a short film about a young driver who crashed his car.

There were gasps when the screen unveiled a real-life crashed car, complete with paramedics and fire crew cutting the car in an attempt to save the young driver.

After the demonstration, the cohort split into groups and were tasked with role-playing police officers attending a collision, before taking part in games designed to test their choices as passengers, and soon-to-be drivers, in specially-themed zones.

The 14 and 15-year-old pupils particularly enjoyed spinning the huge ‘consequences’ roulette wheel, where they answered on-line questions about wearing seat belts, being a passenger with somebody who has drunk alcohol and driving over the speed limit.

Gad’s student Mary Welch, 14, from Hartley, said:  “I made sensible choices but was shocked that I was still at risk – it made me realise that you have to be aware of other drivers and dangers, and not just your own actions to stay safe on the road.”

Fellow student Teagan Higgins, 14, from New Barn, whose group was shown around by Station Manager Jim Sanderson said:  “A lot of what we found out today was shocking and upsetting but Jim answered all our questions and gave us tips and techniques that will really help as we start to use the roads more.”


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