Students experience life-saving technology

3 October 2017

Continental Tyres gave our Motor Vehicle students and apprentices a taste of life-saving technology at the inaugural Vision Zero Live event recently held at Cotswold Airport, as part of our new partnership with the global tech brand. 

The half-day event gave students an exclusive behind-the-wheel experience of leading tyre and automotive technologies; giving them an understanding of the importance of driver awareness and tyre safety first hand in cars including a BMW 1 Series, Mercedes S-Class and Volkswagen Golf.

Activities ranged from driver awareness tasks and trying out Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) to wet braking with varying tyre tread depths to show the difference between premium and budget tyres.

Those students who don’t hold driving licenses took part in a young driver’s taster session, which gave them valuable experience behind the wheel, under the expert guidance of instructors. 

Course Leader Alistair Finch said: “Students and staff at the college gained a lot from this event, thanks to Continental Tyres.

“The opportunity for students – full-time and those completing apprenticeships – to be involved with an international automotive brand is incredibly positive and gives them a flavour of what their career in motoring might involve. We particularly enjoyed the technology demonstrations, which taught us how advances are changing the face of the automotive industry and improving road safety.

“We hope we might work with Continental in the future to enrich further what students learn at the college.”

Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres, added: It was a pleasure to host lecturers and students from the Motor Vehicle course at Gloucestershire College at Vision Zero Live. We think that the demonstrations will benefit their understanding of what a leading tyre and technology company like Continental is capable of.”

Continental Tyres’ Vision Zero initiative aims to reduce accidents through improved driver education, automotive systems and tyres, and this event was the first of a UK series taking place throughout 2017 and 2018.

For more information on our Motor Vehicle courses visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/motorvehicle

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