Strathearn motorists will have the chance to test their driving knowledge at a special event being held at Crieff Hydro Hotel next month.
The Driver Safety Day, organised by Tayside Police, takes place on Sunday March 17, from noon until 4pm at the Hydro’s Outdoor Centre and includes the reconstruction of a major road accident.
Participants will be able to test their driving reaction times on a brake test machine, check their knowledge of the Highway Code and safe alcohol limits as well as getting advice from the police about safe driving.
There will also be the opportunity to learn basic first aid such as CPR so people know what to do if they come across a road accident.
Several police vehicles – including a police bike plus an ambulance, fire engine, speed camera van and a first response vehicle – will be on hand at the free event, with the major accident reconstruction set to take place at about 1.30pm.
Local youth club, Logos, will be holding a charity car wash to raise funds for the youth club and hotel staff will demonstrate the use of the Hydro’s quad bikes and Segways.
A free entry prize draw raffle will also take place with a variety of prizes on offer, including five hours of free driving lessons, worth £120, from Crieff Driver Training.
Local community police officer PC Sarah Jane Bell said she hopes as many people as possible will come along to the event, which aims to raise awareness of safer driving and illustrate the potential consequences of failing to drive according to the road and conditions.
She said: “We will also provide people with the opportunity to discuss common motoring offences and basic car maintenance such as ensuring tyres are legal and roadworthy.
“Unfortunately members of the emergency services are all too often called to accidents where people lose their lives or suffer a life changing injury and we would like to do all we can to try to reduce the accident rates.
“We, like other areas, have suffered a number of fatal accidents on the roads in Strathearn and are keen to do all we can to reduce the likelihood of this happening to you.