School children from two Chineham-based schools will be learning how to stay safe while out on the road around large vehicles when they visit the nearby Chineham Park head office of Gist, the UK-based logistics company, to experience its Child Road Safety Programme as part of Brake’s National Road Safety Week.
As part of Road Safety Week (20 to 26 November 2017), Gist will host the one-day event where pupils from Four Lanes Junior School and Great Binfields Primary School will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive presentation and practical demonstration using one of Gist’s full-sized commercial lorries.
During the sessions, Gist drivers will take the children through the specific issues of safety around large vehicles as well as a presentation on general road safety and advice on staying safe on the roads, whether on foot or cycling. Using the striking visual aid of a full-sized Gist lorry – which will be parked in the car park throughout the day, the children will see for themselves the sheer size of the vehicle and how this impacts the stopping distance through a selection of games. The children will also get a chance to sit in the cab and experience what a driver can (or can’t) see, focussing on the importance of understanding blind spots.
In support of Brake’s National Road Safety Week, Gist is also hosting a number of other child road safety presentations around the country. The week will build on the success of the 2016/17 academic year – which raised awareness of road safety to more than 26,000 school children.
Mrs Corinne Martinez, Head Teacher at Four Lanes Junior School, Chineham, says: “We are all really looking forward to visiting Gist. It is so important that all our pupils understand not just the risks around larger vehicles but also the importance of being sensible on the road, whether walking to and from school or playing at the weekend. The presentation promises to be an interactive lesson which we hope will leave a lasting impression on our pupils.”
Martin Gwynn, Gist CEO, says “The Gist Child Road Safety programme is a great way for our people to help keep children safer on today’s even busier roads. The presentation by our drivers is fun and interactive and culminates in the children getting to see first-hand what visibility is like from inside one of these large lorries, and how important it is to take steps to keep themselves safe.”
Gist, which specialises in chilled and perishable logistics around the world, offers a free-of-charge Child Road Safety Programme to schools and community groups in the local areas to its depots. Since the programme began in 2011 the programme has been delivered to nearly 100,000 children.
For more information about the Gist Child Road Safety Programme please visit: http://www.gistworld.com/about-gist/corporate-social-responsibility/gist-child-road-safety-programme.aspx