Pupils at Knighton Primary School Powys enjoyed an interactive lesson in cycle safety as part of a joint initiative between the school and constructions solutions company Tarmac.
The focus was on highlighting the importance of vigilance and safety when cycling, particularly when large vehicles are around. The 6 and 7 year old children had the opportunity to sit in a 32 tonne tipper lorry as part of the session led by the Transport Team from Central and Wales. Pupils experienced a "driver's view" from the cab which also enabled them to look at the safety features drivers have to improve their visibility.
This visit is one of a number of sessions being held at schools across the country by Tarmac, which operates the largest HGV fleet in its industry. Lisa Powell, transport account manager at the company, said the team was delighted to spend time at Knighton Primary School. Commenting on the visit she said: “Our vehicles are fitted with a range of high specification safety features and drivers undertake continuous training. However, it’s important that children and all road users are aware of where to position themselves safely when cycling close to large vehicles.”
Jess Morris, a year 2 teacher at Knighton Primary School added: “The children were thrilled with the visit. They developed their personal and social development skills by learning about road safety in an exciting and interactive way and that was much appreciated. The follow up discussion that we have had from the class has been amazing and we have been thrilled with the depth of questions that the children have devised and researched answers to.”