Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2016

Young Farmers Club hold a session on Road Safety

This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 7th, 2016

Gwynedd Council’s Road Safety Unit were recently invited by the Young Farmers Club of Dyffryn Nantlle to hold a session on various road safety issues. As Gwynedd Council is constantly working to see a reduction in the number of young drivers / passengers killed and seriously injured on their roads this was a perfect opportunity. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

As it is a fact that young drivers are disproportionally at risk of being killed or seriously injured on the roads and are the most at-risk 17-25 age group. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

They make up a percentage of 11% of driving licence holders but 20% of casualties in 2011. Young drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision during the first 6 months after passing their test due to: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • Lack of experience
  • Carrying passengers
  • Driving during the hours of darkness
  • Peer Pressure

The Road Safety Unit at Gwynedd Council decided to hold talks on attending Pass Plus Cymru which offers drivers: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • Motorway driving
  • The opportunity to improve their driving techniques and hazard awareness
  • Driving at night
  • Coping with hazards in busy towns and cities
  • Driving on rural roads
  • Better driving skills
  • More chance of lower insurance
  • Less chance of a collision or injuring yourself, friends and others

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member who leads on road safety said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“As well as reducing the risk of a young driver being involved in a crash, taking part in the Pass Plus Cymru scheme will also allow participants to save money on car insurance. It is a brilliant scheme and we would encourage young drivers to take advantage of it. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

All members who attended noted that they had enjoyed the evening and had gained valuable knowledge with some members seriously considering attending the Pass Plus scheme.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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