A new film is aiming to show new and young drivers how ‘quick and easy’ it is to carry out regular car maintenance checks, reducing their chances of being involved in a collision.
The film, which is being created by South Yorkshire Police alongside the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP), focuses on the acronym FLOWERY.
It will explain why making weekly checks on fuel, lights, oil, water, engine and rubber, as well as looking after their own well-being, can not only improve their safety – but also save money.
The film will comprise bite-sized training clips, which demonstrate each step.
Sgt Brandon Brown, South Yorkshire Police, said: “A big part of our job is educating the public on the need for regular vehicle checks, and how spending five-to-10 minutes a week can seriously improve the safety of your vehicle and also save you money in the long run.”
The partnership is working with Cuckoo Films on the project and filming took place earlier this month.
The final vehicle maintenance videos will feature on the SYSRP’s YouTube channel as well as being used during visits to schools, colleges and on-line learning projects.
Joanne Wehrle, manager of the SYSRP, said: “Sadly young drivers are still overrepresented in the road casualty stats.
“Our most up-to-date statistics, from 2020, show that out of a total of 2,644 people, 522 of those injured in a collision on South Yorkshire’s roads were aged between 17 and 24.
“We want to show this age group how quick and easy the checks are and that they don’t need any specialist tools or an engineering qualification to carry them out.
“FLOWERY is a great way to remember each stage and our film will talk through the most important aspects step by step.”