IT was a day for lessons with a difference.
Sixth-form students at a school took part in an unusual day yesterday.
West Yorkshire firefighters and ambulance crews visited Year 12 pupils at Shelley College for a workshop on driving and road safety.
And they made sure nothing was left to the imagination.
The workshop – part of the college’s Personal Health Social Citizenship Education Day – began with a talk and a DVD illustrating the consequences of a serious road accident.
If that wasn’t enough the students then made their way outside for a staged collision.
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Richard Meakin, Watch Manager for West Yorkshire Fire Service, said: “We tried to get the message across of seatbelt safety and speed and ensure that drivers and their passengers are always belted up.
“The DVD was to show the students the life-long injuries you can sustain in an accident, such as paralysis, serious burns, and loss of limbs.
“We then gave the students a visual insight into the role of the fire service staging a crash. It was good for the students to visualise it and realise how serious a road collision can be.
“Most students come to colleges in cars these days, so there’s more and more of them on the road. Over the years we have seen the numbers of young drivers being injured and killed increasing.”
The victim trapped in the car was Year 12 student Chris Lawson.
Chris, 17, who is learning to drive, said: “It was a real rush of adrenaline. It is an experience I am happy to have done because now I know what it is like and what is required of the fire and ambulance services in order to get the victims out safely.
“It was a real eye-opener.
“They also did the whole injection process. They did the measuring of the heart and blood vessels and hooked everything up to me so it really did feel real.
“It has definitely encouraged me to be safer and be more aware of other drivers,” he added.
The workshop was particularly interesting to 18-year-old Adam Mcskimming, who has been in accidents on his motorbike. He said: “Motorbike accidents are very scary. I have actually given up riding bikes because of it.
“A lot of people out there are driving so fast because they don’t think accidents can happen to them.
“The main focus for our workshop was joyriding, which is becoming a big thing in younger people. The number of accidents caused by joyriding is getting so much higher.
“A hard-hitting message, like the one we have received, is definitely the best way to get the importance of driving safely across to teenagers who are desperate to get their licence.
“It is certainly a message that will stay in my mind for the rest of my life.”