Working with the community to spread awareness of road safety to schools

A MANUFACTURER in Winsford has officially launched its school programme to help children stay safe near vehicles and the roads. Tiger Trailers’ Tiger Safety Team unveiled the ‘STOP LOOK BE SEEN’ programme to 40 primary school children during Road Safety Week 2021, run by charity Brake. The launch was also attended by local dignitaries plus representatives from Cheshire Community Foundation.

The ‘STOP LOOK BE SEEN’ programme will be delivering road safety messages to key stage two children in participating schools, with an emphasis on raising awareness surrounding safe behaviour around larger vehicles. Six children are seriously hurt or killed every day on British roads, with under 12s the most vulnerable, and HGVs pose a danger at up to five metres tall and 18 metres long. Awareness of other large and inherently dangerous vehicles, from bin lorries and buses to tractors, will also be promoted.

The team’s visits are completely free, will include both classroom and outside segments, and cover recognising hazards, behaviour change techniques, national curriculum outcomes, PHSE health, wellbeing and relationships, and the Green Cross Code. Children and staff from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Winsford were given a safety demonstration presented by Tiger’s own driver, teaching them about HGV blind spots, noise, turning circles and other dangers, and a number of children had the opportunity to sit in the cab. The Tiger Safety Team-wrapped truck, supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials, is the same specification as the plain unit used for the safety demonstration in Tiger Trailers’ showroom.

It will visit schools with Tiger Safety Team’s branded curtainsider trailer that features its mascot, Tiger Ted, provided by WJ Leech & Sons.

Alison Cartwright, Tiger Safety Team’s founder said: “Child safety and giving back to the community have both been close to my heart over the years and I am delighted that Tiger Trailers is able to play a part in keeping young people safe at a milestone time in their lives, thanks to the support we have received from Volvo Trucks UK, Brake, Thomas Hardie and other organisations, plus the enthusiastic members of #TeamTiger’s factory and office teams.”