National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

01 November 2017

Living in a rural location can mean frequently driving on some of the UK’s most dangerous country roads and YFC members are being reminded of the risks this Road Safety Week from 20-26 November.

NFYFC’s research, back in 2013, showed that young rural drivers are nearly twice (44%) as likely to be involved in a collision compared to young urban drivers.

Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead – such as a child stepping out from between parked cars – it is a driver’s speed that will determine whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t stop, how hard they will hit.

Brake, the road safety charity, is encouraging everyone to Speed Down Save Lives for Road Safety Week 2017.

NFYFC launched a successful road safety campaign in 2013 to highlight the risks of driving on rural roads. From this, the organisation has launched a road safety Curve training module with Brake, to help raise ongoing awareness about road safety.

Laura Sumner, Personal Development Steering Group Chairman from Lancashire FYFC, said: “The Drive it Home Curve training module is ideal for club programmes in the winter months. This is the worst time of the year to be out on quiet country lanes that can feel the full impact of bad weather conditions. So many of our members are transported to and from activities in cars so it’s vital to keep everyone as safe as they can be. The Drive it Home module can help you to stop and think more about your driving and encourage you to take more potentially life-saving precautions.”

Road crashes are the biggest cause of death among five-25 year-olds. Five people die on UK roads every day and 61 are seriously injured. Help to change these statistics and spread awareness of the vital importance of the Brake Pledge rules:

  • Slow down
  • Never drink or take drugs or use a mobile when driving 
  • Always wear a seat belt
  • Get eyesight tested
  • Minimise driving.

To organise a Drive it Home Curve training session in your club, contact your County Office to find out who your nearest NFYFC trainer is or contact Josie Murray for more information about the course.

You and your YFC can support Road Safety Week by using materials available from Brake or by sharing posts from NFYFC during the week.


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