It’s Road Safety Week and we’ve been busy supporting the charity Brake with their initiative to ‘Step Up For Safe Streets’.
All this week we have been taking part in various activities held by the Driver Training teams at The Kings Ferry Group. It has been a Group wide effort with the teams at The Kings Ferry, Clarkes of London, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches all getting involved and helping raise money for this fantastic cause.
To kick off the week-long activities, we were out in the yard at 4am cooking delicious bacon and sausage rolls for our early morning drivers. Needless to say, they went on their way with satisfied bellies and fuel for the day.
During the day, most of our commuter drivers stay at the Millwall coach park until their evening commute. So, we went up there to deliver some online refresher training on-board one of our luxury VIP vehicles which is the perfect mobile classroom!
After a day with the drivers, we turned our focus to the office staff. The dress code for the day was ‘Red’ to symbolise Road Safety Week by Brake.
And in true Kings Ferry Group style we held a ‘Bake for Brake’, where bakers were pitted against each other in a bid to win a rather fetching apron. The winner of the ‘Bake for Brake’ for The Kings Ferry was our Group Driver Training Manager, Simon, who also helped set up the initiative (possible results fixing we think?!) But congratulations nonetheless!
Under the supervision of the Driver Training Team, the office staff were also invited to get behind the wheel of one of our coaches to complete a couple of laps around the yard. With 0 accidents and some pretty impressive skills on show, we might have some new coach drivers coming through the Driver Training Academy soon!
This was the day all the drivers looked forward to, the unmissable Driver Skills Challenge. Over the past couple of weeks drivers from far and wide (across the Group) had been nominating a driver to represent their depot and take on the ultimate challenge! We had drivers from The Kings Ferry, Clarkes of London, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches battle to win the coveted Driver Skills Trophy and be named our Champion!
The drivers took on a series of challenges; theory and hazard perception, reversing and manoeuvring, emergency evacuation and safety announcements! Each challenge was overseen by the Driver Training Team and judged under the watchful eye of Simon and a number of Group Directors.
After calculating the results from each challenge, and re-calculating, we had a winner. A huge congratulations to Richard who was representing Leicester based Woods Coaches on being crowned our Driver Skills Champion! Managing Director, Ian Fraser and the new Kings Ferry Group recruit, Simon the Safety Bear were on hand to present the prestigious award and congratulate all our incredible drivers!
Before our drivers got to their coaches in the early hours of the morning, we hid some surprises on-board. As part of their early morning checks, our drivers had to find TWO delicious bags of sweets. After being fuelled by sugar our drivers took off for their morning duties.
We made our way up to Millwall coach park to deliver some more online training courses which have been a huge success. Our drivers have been taking time out of their break to learn about how we can help make our roads safer for everyone.
Road Safety Week isn’t just about keeping our drivers and office staff safe, it’s about helping to keep our community safe too. With the help of our mascot Simon the Safety Bear, we visited Cedar Academy in Strood to deliver our Travel Smart Sessions to KS1 and KS2 pupils. The children were invited on-board our luxury VIP mobile classroom where they took part in activities aimed to give them the tools and knowledge to stay safe near roads and when on their school trips.
We would like to say thank you to all the companies across our Group for taking part in this initiative and helping raise awareness for such as fantastic cause, Road Safety Week by Brake. Together we have raised £100 which we are incredibly proud of!