Driving Ambition gears up to educate young north drivers

Northern Constabulary along with its partners continue to roll out the Driving Ambition programme to sixth year pupils from Thurso, Farr, Wick, Golspie, Dornoch, Kinlochbervie and Tain secondary schools.
This year's event kicks off at Tain Royal Academy on 29 August, thereafter visiting Golspie High School on 30 August, which will include pupils from Dornoch and Kinlochbervie. The roadshow pulls into Wick Academy on 31 August and finishes at Thurso High School (joined by pupils from Farr) on 11 September.
Driving Ambitions provides young drivers with information on a variety of road safety elements, the main aim of which is to encourage them to be safe and responsible learners, drivers and passengers.
It is an informative and interactive roadshow, with inputs from HIFRS, Northern Constabulary, Red Cross, Highland Council, and for this year's series of events, the Seatbelt Convincer.
Each Driving Ambition session begins with the screening of Northern Constabulary's Just Another Day DVD, featuring Donald Geddes from Ullapool in which he tells his story of how, following a high speed crash, he was left blind in one eye, partially sighted in the other and forced to live with a host of other medical conditions as a result.
The sets included:
The Bonnet demonstration as to how to changing a tyre, check tyre pressure, check windscreen wipers and wash as well ainformation on how to check oil levels. Delivered by Ken's garage Kildary, Sutherland Arms Garage, Brora and Dunnet's of Caithness.
Enforcement - Northern Constabulary inform of the legalities of driving and modifications and the consequences should they commit an offence.
Red Cross - input on the first responder scheme, airway maintenance and basic first aid for the first person on scene.
Road Safety - an interactive set with a hazard perception game and general information on young drivers and speed limits.
Fire & Rescue explain their role at the scene of an accident and the equipment that they use and also advise as to what others who arrive at the scene could do to assist.
SeatBelt Convincer - which simulates a low speed collision and highlights benefits of wearing a seatbelt.
For the last set all the pupils come together to watch the next chapter of Donald Geddes' DVD which shows the long term impact the crash has had on his life and how he has managed this, showing young people the long term implications that a collision can have.