National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

15 February 2013

 

Young Farmers, road safety experts and rural road users joined forces last night for an online discussion on rural road safety and NFYFC’s Drive It Home campaign.

The discussion was held on Twitter forum, AgrichatUK, and was led by the Agrichat team, as well as NFYFC Chairwoman, Milly Wastie.

Despite the date, there were plenty of people getting involved with the forum, including one of the stars of Channel 4 show First Time Farmer, Ally Hunter Blair who tweeted his thanks to Milly and AgrichatUK for hosting an 'interesting and busy discussion'.

The forum sparked debate on issues such as the hazards of driving on rural roads and ways to improve road safety. Suggestions varied from including rural roads in driving tests to television advertising campaigns on rural road driving.

How to change young rural driver attitudes was also another hot topic, with inexperience and over-confidence being identified as key problems.
 
@neilquinlan tweeted that ‘as someone who crashed after passing my test, humanising stories and videos is definitely key.’@JamieKerslake88 suggested speaking about the dangers of rural roads at agricultural and country shows and Milly Wastie tweeted simply, ‘rural roads not racetracks, flowers at the roadside says it all.

The Drive It Home campaign was highlighted as a way for YFC members to help tackle attitudes, through club nights and events in the local area as well as attending practical driving courses or becoming Drive It Home champions for the local area.

Fireman, Stephen Tindall, suggested Clubs contact their local fire stations for demonstrations and @agricamy tweeted that the Drive It Home campaign was “a fantastic initiative that needs everyone’s involvement to ensure it is as far reaching as possible.”

Farmers Weekly magazine tweeted that “NFYFC does many fantastic things. The #driveithomeyfc campaign is one of the best though.”


Click here to read the full #AgrichatUK discussions from last night.

To find out more about the Drive It Home campaign and how you can get involved visit our webpage or follow the campaign on Facebook and twitter using the #driveithomeyfc.



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