More than 220 enthusiastic pupils from Middlemarch Junior School in Nuneaton braved the wet conditions to learn how to be extra safe when travelling near roads this winter. The children enjoyed a special lesson with two experts from Hermes, the parcel delivery firm, earlier this week.
Groups of classmates listened intently as they received advice on how to act safely around HGVs and other large vehicles. The children also learnt about hazard warning alarms and blind spots, as well as how drivers use different mirrors to increase visibility. Following a fun question and answer session, the pupils got to jump aboard and explore one of Hermes’ articulated lorries.
Middlemarch Junior School contacted Hermes, who have a distribution hub within Bermuda Park Industrial Estate, to see if they would be willing to help the children become more aware about road safety. The company was more than happy to oblige and also awarded special certificates to all the children that took part.
Mark Owen, Driver Trainer at Hermes, said: “We were really pleased to accept the school’s invitation to talk to their pupils. It is really important that children learn how to remain safe when near a road, especially at this time of year when it is dark when travelling to and from school. Despite the poor weather, the children were in great spirits and took on-board all the advice from the Hermes team. They also loved pressing the horn from inside the vehicle!”