National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

18 June 2013

 

Young farmers from Norfolk and Essex attended a Brake 2young2die road safety session at television presenter Jimmy’s Farm in Suffolk at the weekend as part of the Drive it Home campaign.

The course was particularly relevant in the county after a recent Road Safety Analysis study, produced in support of the campaign, highlighted that in Suffolk there is an average of 301 young drivers from rural areas who are involved in injury collisions each year.

The course is part of NFYFC’s aim to create a team of Drive it Home champions throughout the Federation’s 46 counties in England and Wales. After the course, members are encouraged to go back to their clubs and champion a road safety event.

The sessions are free thanks to funding from NFU Mutual and the Rural Youth Trust and are aimed at changing attitudes to driving. 

Paul Hartley, Norfolk County Chairman, went on the course and said: “It definitely made you think about what you should and shouldn’t be doing when you’re behind the wheel. It reminded you of things such as stopping when you’re tired, and hearing what parents said about losing their children in car crashes made you realise how it's not worth taking risks. You only have one life.”

Television presenter Jimmy Doherty is backing the campaign and invited Eastern Area members to host their session on his farm. 

Jimmy Doherty said: "As someone who lives, works and drives in the countryside, I am very supportive of NFYFC's Drive it Home campaign to educate young people on the dangers of rural roads. I would urge young farmers to get involved, learn how to keep safe and teach others to do the same."
 
This course is one of seven that Brake is running for YFC members and NFYFC has chosen locations in each Area of the national Federation to give all members opportunity to take part. The campaign also includes practical driving sessions with a company called Drive Doctors and places on these courses have also been subsidised by NFU Mutual.

To find out more about the Brake courses, click here.
To find out more about the Drive Doctors practical courses, click here.


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