It might be one of the region’s biggest car shows but safety was the key during last weekend’s ‘Elsecar at the Races’.
For the first time, the popular event took place at Doncaster Racecourse, and South Yorkshire Road Safety Officers were on hand to urge all young drivers to put “safety first”.
The show, officially opened by the inspirational Ben Parkinson, is one of the largest VAG – Volkswagen and Audi Group - shows in the country.
It has grown over the last 18 years from a small meet of enthusiasts to one that requires large amounts of indoor and outdoor space – the reason for its move from its original home in Elsecar to the racecourse.
With a massive fan base across South Yorkshire, ‘Elsecar at the Races’ always attracts thousands of visitors from all age groups, including many young drivers, and it is this group that were targeted by the South Yorkshire Safer Road Partnership - with the full support of the show organisers.
Unfortunately, young drivers are over-represented in road traffic collisions when compared to the rest of the driving population.
So the Safer Roads Team is geared to educating and advising new young drivers about the ‘Fatal Four’ contributory factors in fatal road traffic collisions.
The ‘Fatal Four’ are speeding, drink/drug driving, using a mobile phone whilst driving and not wearing seat belts.
By abiding by these four simple rules, all drivers can help to keep themselves, their passengers and other road users safer on the roads.
Simon McNamara said: “Our event attracts car enthusiasts from around the world, with some of the best show cars in Europe, and we strongly support the road-safety message for drivers and their families.”
Joanne Wehrle, who is the education manager for the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, said that through education the aim is to reduce the number of young drivers involved in collisions on the county’s roads.
She added: “Unfortunately, young drivers are at the highest risk due to a lack of experience.
“Succumbing to the ‘Fatal Four’ is an all too common problem and we try to counter this by delivering a number of specific interventions for young drivers via schools and colleges.”