South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
News
18 Jan 2022
NEW FILM FOR YOUNG DRIVERS

A road safety project is underway to help new and young drivers carry out regular car maintenance checks using the acronym FLOWERY.

The new film will explain why making weekly checks on fuel, lights, oil, water, engine and rubber, as well as checking your own well-being (‘you’), can save money as well as reduce the chances of being involved in a collision.

South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) has teamed up with roads policing Sgt Brandon Brown to produce bite-sized training clips to demonstrate each step.

Joanne Wehrle, manager of SYSRP, said: “Sadly young drivers are still overrepresented in the road casualty stats.

“Our most up-to-date statistics, from 2020, show that out of a total of 2,644 people, 522 of those injured in a collision on South Yorkshire’s roads were aged between 17 and 24.

“We want to show this age group how quick and easy the checks are and that they don’t need any specialist tools or an engineering qualification to carry them out.

“FLOWERY is a great way to remember each stage and our film will talk through the most important aspects step by step.”

The Partnership is working with Cuckoo Films on the project and filming took place in Sprotbrough, Doncaster, on Monday 17 January.

Sgt Brandon Brown from South Yorkshire Police’s traffic team presented the training and explained why it formed an important part of their work.


“A big part of our job is educating the public on the need for regular vehicle checks, and how spending five to ten minutes a week can seriously improve the safety of your vehicle and also save you money in the long run,” he said. 

The final vehicle maintenance videos will feature on Safer Roads’ YouTube channel as well as being used during visit to schools, colleges and on-line learning projects.

To find out more about the Partnership’s work with young drivers visit: https://sysrp.co.uk/Drivers-and-Passengers