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Crash simulator to educate young drivers in Humberside

The simulator is a Vauxhall Astra, known as the iCar

Young drivers in East Yorkshire are to experience a car crash in a driving simulator in a bid to reduce the number of fatalities on the county's roads.

Volunteers are invited to sit in a modified Vauxhall Astra, dubbed the iCar, to watch a film in which a driver and four passengers crash into a tree.

The car is rigged with hydraulics to move in sync with the video.

The project is the work of Safer Roads Humber, a partnership between police, councils and the Highways Agency.

Humberside Fire and Rescue and HM Courts Service are also involved.

'Sensible driving'

Safer Roads Humber statistics say that there are two injury crashes involving young drivers a day in the Humber region.

Ruth Gore, of Safer Roads Humber, said: "Hopefully by being involved in the iCar experience, young drivers will have a better understanding of the dangers they face on the roads, amend their driving technique and undertake further driver training.

"We also hope that passengers will benefit from the iCar experience by being able to speak up if they are uncomfortable about the way the car is being driven, offer support to the driver... and not be tempted to encourage the driver to go faster."

The iCar is to tour the Humber area throughout 2010.

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