Four children and their careless parents learn about road safety. The teams learn about road hazards. Will they spot the escaped gorilla or the chicken trying to cross the road?
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Four children fed up with their parents' driving.
You're going too fast!
Four parents who have slipped into bad habits.
Just three more days of training before they face
the ultimate driving test and our chief examiner, Sandra.
Last time, there were bumpy rides for our rookies,
chaotic driving from the academy's most careless dummy, Mr C,
and some reckless driving from our parents
-when they faced the Ramp Of Doom!
Will our dangerous drivers ever make the grade
and be ready in just a few days?
It's day seven... at the Driving Academy!
Welcome to CBBC's Driving Academy,
here in the beautiful St Athan Wells.
Time is running out to get
our teams ready to take on the ultimate driving test in three days.
Time is of an essence! Let's go!
Where you going?! Forward! Forward!
Coming up... Watch out! Our rookies are in line
for a few hazardous surprises on the road.
Careful, Mr C!
And look out!
Our teams will need to be really snappy to bag today's pass.
-I know what I took photos of!
-You didn't, Dad.
Don't miss our Superskills Challenge
which will test our teams' hazard awareness to the limit.
But first it's the Learner Lesson.
Each day at the Academy
we have been teaching our rookies a different element of road safety
so they can pass the tips on to their parents.
Today is about spotting hazards.
Although our rookies can't drive on public roads,
here at the Academy's top-secret test centre, anything is possible.
In charge of our learner lessons is elite driving instructor, Vicky.
She knows every angle of road safety.
Throughout, Vicky has a set of dual controls,
so our rookies are always safe.
First up is Manisha.
She's going have to stay alert,
as we've placed three potential hazards along a short road.
There's a dummy on a bicycle, a workman with a lorry
and a dummy opening a car door without a care in the world!
Her first obstacle is our wobbly cyclist.
Manisha's struggled with steering, so our dummies are feeling nervous.
Stay away from him.
Whoa! Watch out, Manisha!
-You've got to leave enough space, if he wobbles.
-Look for him in your mirrors. Are you all right?
Next is our hidden hazard - the truck driver...
-Can you see the feet underneath the lorry?
-So who might come out?
-So you've got to be a door's width away.
A good, wide pass... no panic - good stuff!
Finally, it's our dopey dummy in the car.
Good girl, well done.
Spotting hazards will be essential for our Superskills later,
so it's vital Manisha picks up as many tips as she can.
I've learned that when you have to overtake any vehicle, any pedestrian
or cyclist, you should always keep a door width away from them.
Good tip! Those wise words would be good to pass onto your dad, Cliff.
He came here as a speedy driver, but we've made some improvements,
as he's started to take his foot off the gas.
With a dodgy start, the Purples are back in the game
with an impressive three passes over the last three days.
OK, here comes Rhys. He needs to stay alert.
-Don't come in.
-Look for him in your mirror before you come in.
Nice, safe pass of the cyclist. Now the hidden hazard behind the truck.
Leave the lorry some space.
The truck, Rhys! Rhys! Whoa!
And then a door's width for the car.
Hey, Rhys, where are you going?!
I got quite close to the open door, and felt scared
that I was going to knock the door off.
A bit close?! You were miles away!
Better safe than sorry.
More than can be said for Sarah when she came to the Academy.
Safe driving was not on her agenda.
Well, it's a method.
With just three passes out of six, the Greens have a lot of work to do.
OK, here comes Jono. I'm sure this would worry his mum Michelle,
but I have a feeling this won't faze Jono.
Keep going until you can see the bike in the mirror.
The hidden dummy up next. A bit tight to that truck, Jono.
Safely past, and just the parked car left.
-Not too wide, because there might be a car coming the other way.
When the dummy stepped out, it reminded me
that you have to look out for everything on the road.
Let's hope super-cool Jono remembers the advice from Vicky
and passes it onto his mum for our Superskills later.
Despite her nerves, Michelle has helped Jono secure
a whopping five out of six passes so far.
Last up is Molly, our most unpredictable young driver.
-And go past him.
I don't want to do this. What if he wobbles in front of the car?!
Let's just say Molly's been a bit jumpy
on several occasions at the Academy.
Hopefully, we've taught her to be a lot calmer, therefore a lot safer.
And if she does well in the lesson, she may be able to help her dad
secure their fifth pass in the series. Wobbly cyclist up first.
What you doing?
Uh-oh, very nervous.
-Oh, my gosh.
-Look for him in the mirror.
You need to look ahead, Molly!
Try not leave any surprises on the road.
THAT was a surprise!
-Oh, I don't like this.
-Oh, I really don't like it.
I'm on the wrong side of the road!
Learner Lesson completed. Let's hope they remember what they've learned.
They'll need all the help they can get
to spot the dangers in the Superskills Hazard Highway!
But first, what's got four wheels, plenty of dents,
and likes to crash into everything it sees?
It's Mr C's crash test car. Don't be like Mr C - don't be a dummy!
Let me introduce you to the most easily distracted dummy
at the Academy. His name is Mr Crash, and with good reason.
When he gets behind the wheel
he never pays attention, and that always ends in disaster.
But what's going to distract him today?
There's his jacket on the passenger seat,
he has his favourite CD with him... And who's this on the dashboard?
It's Mr C's lucky teddy! Awww!
First our teams get a look around the car, to try and work out
which potential distractions will cause Mr C to crash.
This isn't for points, so play along at home.
It's a bit chilly. He'll perhaps put his jacket on.
-He'll move the steering wheel putting his jacket on.
Good spot, Molly. Let's hope Mr C isn't that foolish.
It would be very dangerous to put on any extra clothing whilst driving.
I think CD, cos you don't ever change the radio. Do you think?
If Mr C changes the CD, his eyes could be off the road.
Or teddy bear.
Michelle's right. It may seem harmless,
but if Mr C brakes suddenly, that could go under his brake pedal.
Never leave anything loose on your dashboard.
While our teams ponder what the distraction is,
I think I've just enough time
to finish a DIY project that I've been working on.
There you go! I'm really proud of myself. It looks amazing.
What do you think, Mr C?
Mr C! No, Mr C!
Please don't get distracted, Mr C!
Remember, all three objects can be dangerous.
He's left a jacket on the passenger seat,
he's got CDs of his favourite driving music
and a friend on the dashboard.
He's off. Nice and steady, Mr C. Don't get distracted.
That's what I like to see.
Oh, no! He's distracted! He's looking at the CD player!
Watch out for my shed!
Did you guess right at home? He was fiddling with his CD player.
Mr C's distracted again. The same old record!
Mr C is a fully-trained stunt driver
and these crashes are performed by experts.
Don't be a dummy. Don't try this at home!
Superskills Seven is coming up very soon, and you don't want to miss it.
-I know what I've took photos of!
-Do you, Dad?
But first, before you can even go near a car,
you need to learn the rules of the road, the Highway Code,
and our teams have been studying furiously
for the next part of our show, the Highway Quiz.
Today's game is Hazard A Guess.
I'm going to give you five hazard signs,
and I want you to draw them the way you think they look.
You need to get three out of five right to win the Highway Quiz badge.
On cue, as well! So, the first hazard I want you to draw me is...
You may see this sign along country roads with no pavements.
Make sure the driver slows down to avoid anyone in the road ahead.
This is what it should have looked like.
-You all sound pretty confident.
Yeah, that's good enough.
Manisha, I'm going to have to say that's not correct.
Jono, again that's not correct.
-Andy and Molly, I mean, come on!
-It's kind of close!
You know what? That's correct.
I would like you to draw me the hazard sign for Slippery Road.
Again, this sign's telling drivers to take care and slow down.
Whether due to road surface or weather,
losing control is not what you want to do.
There's a big clue, actually, right behind you.
This is what it should have looked like.
-OK, Rhys, yeah, that's correct.
Manisha, well done, that's correct.
Jono, yours looks a bit like a train, but I'll let you have it.
Andy and Molly, all right, fair do's, I'll let you have that one.
So you're all correct. Well done.
The next hazard sign I'd like you to draw for me is...
This means wild animals could be in the area,
so stay alert and drop that speed.
Remember, teams need to get three out of five right to win that badge.
So, this is what it should have looked like.
-I don't know why some of you are cheering!
-Yeah, it's not the best drawing of a deer I've ever seen
but it's kind of there, so that's correct. Well done.
Manisha, actually, yours looks a little bit like an ant!
I can see a bit of deer in it, so I'll give you that. That's correct.
Jono, that's good enough. I'll give you that.
Molly and Andy, if I ever saw a deer like that, I'd run the other way.
It hasn't got no antlers, so I'm going to have to say that's a fail.
OK, the next hazard sign to draw is:
A level crossing
is where a road crosses with a railway or tramway line.
They can be dangerous, so obey the instructions shown.
This is what it should have looked like.
-So, Rhys, yours looks like an X.
Manisha, great attempt. Correct.
Jono, again, I think you're a bit out.
Molly and Andy, that's more like an underground train.
Half a point.
The next hazard sign I'd like you to draw for me is:
If you see this sign, slow down and give way to those crossing ahead.
Molly and Jono really need to get this one right to get the badge.
This is what it should have looked like.
-Let's have a little look.
So, Rhys, again, you're doing really, really well. That's correct.
Manisha, brilliant again. Well done.
Jono, that's a fail. I'm really sorry.
-Molly and Andy...
-It is a type of crossing!
I'm not going to give you a point or half a point. I'm giving nothing.
-So, I can tell you there were two winners.
I think you know who they are.
Rhys, very well done. You can add that one to your collection.
Manisha, you add that to your collection. Well done.
Good work, teams. Keep revising,
as the Highway Quiz Show game is coming up in just three days.
The moment has arrived. It's Superskills Challenge time,
when we put everything our teams have learnt to the test big time.
Today's challenge is called:
Our teams will drive along the Hazard Highway.
Along this road we have set up a number of possible hazards,
all marked with a question mark.
Ten of them develop into dangers. The rest of them remain safe.
The teams are only allowed to take ten photographs,
and they need to get seven of the genuine hazards right to pass.
The punishment for failing is a mucky forfeit. Urghhhh!
And our chief examiner, Sandra, is going to be watching over everybody,
making sure they're driving safely, because nothing gets past her.
Meet Sandra, the Driving Academy's chief examiner,
a no-nonsense lady with an eagle eye for road safety.
What Sandra doesn't know about road safety isn't worth knowing.
Hazards are there, and you need to notice them and plan for them.
The teams better beware as they take on Superskills number seven.
First onto the Hazard Highway is Rhys and Sarah.
-Right, men at work. Men working.
-Do you think that could be a hazard?
-Men at work, yeah.
-Cos they're working.
Nice work, Sarah. Molly and Andy now.
-I can see a man working.
-Yeah, the roadworks.
You should take a picture, because that can be a danger.
-I don't know if it is a hazard, is it?
-Well, I think it is.
-All right, I'll take a photo.
-Cos he might come out on the road.
-OK, got him.
-Well done, guys. Over to Cliff and Manisha.
OK, we'll leave that one. He's a good lad. He's not doing anything.
Oh, watch, that's a hazard.
-Hazard! Take it!
-Yeah, I took a picture of that one.
-Water's a hazard, isn't it?
-It can be.
-It's not a hazard.
-Oh, that WAS a hazard. We were right.
That's all over the car! The driver needs to slow down,
make sure they're not skimming and aquaplaning.
-I wonder what Michelle and Jono will make of it.
I reckon not.
-No, I don't think so.
-There's plenty of building sites nowadays.
No problem. That's no problem.
"No problem"? That dummy has just sprayed water all over your car!
Michelle was a nervous wreck after having two accidents in one month.
Perhaps her failure to spot hazards is letting her down.
Let's see what she makes of a gorilla in the road.
-Right, Jono, this is definitely a hazard.
So stop, then I can take a picture.
Phew! They got that one. Purples next.
He's in the road, so he's a hazard, a gorilla. I'll take his picture.
-Two. He's throwing bananas at us, so that's a hazard.
In real life, it wouldn't be a gorilla, let's be honest,
but it could be a dog.
Oh, is that a hazard?
I got him.
-Monkey in the road.
-Yeah, take a picture.
Picture two, monkey lobbing bananas at us.
What's next on the Hazard Highway?
-Molly and Andy are about to find out.
-Take a picture.
-I've took it. What's that?
-He might drop it.
-Yeah, that is a hazard, cos he could drop it.
-Do you want me to stop?
-Man with a tree.
-That could fall.
Right, picture three, the man with the log.
-A guy with a log.
-Depends whether it's coming our way.
-Here's a falling tree.
-A falling log!
-You can drive round it.
-Not a hazard.
Not a hazard?! Honestly, Michelle,
a falling tree or log could be fatal!
Now, what's Cliff spotted?
There's an ambulance. What happened? Is it an accident? Be careful.
-No, that's not a hazard.
-It is a potential hazard.
They're not affecting your driving at the moment, so that's OK. OK.
Well done, guys. In this case, the ambulance is out of the way
so there's no need to get a picture of it.
Looks like Sarah and Rhys have spotted something else.
-There's toxic waste.
-Yeah, toxic waste would be number four.
Great work there from the greens.
-Oh, toxic waste!
-You think that's a hazard, do you?
-Yeah, course it is.
OK, let me...
If it wasn't for Jono,
Michelle would have skipped the toxic waste in the road!
What about the Purples?
Oh, there is a spillage. That's a hazard.
This is obvious, really. It's a toxic spillage.
But you know, diesel is very, very dangerous for motorcyclists
and people on bicycles.
Now there's a hazard, right there in the road.
-I'll take a photo of that.
-Dad, do you want me to stop here?
-No, I've done it.
-But that one!
-That's a car crash.
-I've done it! I've just took a photo of that!
-You didn't, Dad.
I know what I've took photos of!
Oh, dear. Andy and Molly are falling out again.
You may remember they argued through Superskills One,
and got a stern telling-off from examiner Sandra as well.
So she won't be pleased about this!
-Molly and Andy arguing? I never(!)
In the meantime, Jono's imagination is getting the better of him!
I reckon that barrel's on fire there, so take a picture of that.
Oh! No, that's right. You think it's a hazard?
Yeah. You knock into a deer, it'll damage your car.
Yeah, that is true.
There's a deer running out into the road. That's a horrible thing.
-Yeah, it's a big animal to hit the car.
Oh, there's a deer!
-You took it?
-Yeah. I can't really get it from here.
Well, that's an interesting shot from Andy.
And now it's swap time, parents in the driving seats,
kids behind the lens.
Let's see how many of their ten available photos
they've already used up.
But have they taken shots of real hazards?
Or have they wasted some on things that aren't dangerous?
Here goes Cliff and Manisha.
Have they enough shots left to snap the remaining hazards?
We've seen the parked car, Manisha,
-that's not a hazard cos it's just parked on the side, OK?
That's right, Cliff, and here's Sandra's parked car top tip.
Always check and make sure that there's nobody in that car,
-because if there is somebody, they could open the door on you.
OK, what's that up ahead?
Now, there's a dummy with the ball,
-that's a hazard.
-OK, I'll take a picture of it.
-Yeah, that's definitely a hazard, Jono.
-Is that the car?
-No, that's the ball.
-If I stop, you can go over there.
Take a picture of the ball.
Here goes the ball. In real life,
it wouldn't be that size, but a ball across the road,
-that's a danger that could be followed by a child.
-OK, then, they're arguing.
-Yeah, let's take it as a hazard.
-They could push each other into the road.
-We've got these people fighting.
-Shall we shout at them?
-Stop fighting! Shall we stop and help them?
-Seven's people fighting.
-Right, I'll take a picture.
Sarah's definitely focused on getting another pass for the Greens.
So far everyone's decided that the fighting motorists are a hazard.
Surely Michelle will agree?
Well, these guys could run out in front of the road.
It wouldn't be very clever. Yeah, that's a hazard.
Well, we can go round them. They're not going now. That's not a hazard.
Jono and Michelle disagree. What will Michelle think IS a hazard?
An erupting volcano?!
What's Andy seen?
Is that a boy on a bike? That's a hazard.
Nice shot, Moll, but is he a hazard?
There's a little dummy on the bike, but he's not affecting us.
What do the Greens think?
-How about that kid on the bike?
-Yeah, kid on the bike.
The child on the bike is actually one of our red herrings.
The child is actually cycling away from the situation,
so that's why they're not actually counting it.
It's always handy to keep your eye on kids,
cos you never know what kids are thinking.
They might change their mind and shoot across the road.
Absolutely, Joe, absolutely.
It definitely pays to stay alert, guys.
Truck's reversing! Manisha, hazard! Get it.
Yep, got it.
-This is definitely a hazard.
-I've got it.
At least Michelle and Jono can agree on this one!
See? Get a photo of that.
-Eight, the lorry. It's got its lights on.
-There we go.
Good spot, Sarah.
Reverse lights are a giveaway that a lorry can back up at any time.
-What's he doing?
-We've got a workman here.
-He's trying to cross the road.
-He's a work dummy.
-Here we go!
That's a hazard! Take the picture.
Oh, there's been a big ball spillage,
lots of red balls going across the road.
That's a very dangerous hazard,
-Let's get a photo of the wheelbarrow.
-Orange team got it.
Yeah. Man with the balls.
There's no way Michelle can ignore this one!
Guy with a wheelbarrow looks a bit shifty.
-She's thinking about it!
-Is he going to come out in front of us?
Oh, no, no, no, not too bad. Not a hazard.
Not a hazard!? Again?!
Michelle's confidence may have grown at the Driving Academy,
but this just goes to show that there's plenty more work to be done.
I wonder what our teams are facing next?
OK, I can see something ahead, it's yellow and fluffy.
Oh, I think it's a chicken, you know. He's in the road.
-He's in the road, so that's a hazard.
-Take his picture, then.
-There you go. Take one of him. Take one of him, look.
He's running around like an idiot.
Bit of a close-up, but not bad.
Oh, chicken. Chicken! I've got him.
Bit of a blur, Jono. Never mind.
-Oh, wouldn't the chicken be one?
-Too late. We've got ten.
We can only take ten pictures.
We might have got one wrong.
So, Sarah and Rhys think they may have missed one,
but the chicken is our final hazard.
Time to check the photos they've taken.
Remember, they need seven correct hazards to pass.
Molly, how did you find it?
It was quite hard, going past in the car, not to take photos.
And we noticed that your arguing crept back into it again.
-I've done it, I just took a photo of that.
I know what I've took photos of!
It's cos I thought he didn't take the picture.
-So whose fault was it?
-Both of us.
Ooh! A bit of a compromise!
Yes, that's what I'm liking! Sandra, what did you make of their run?
Well, you got the gorilla, you got the water, you got the log,
you got the toxic waste, the football, you got the accident,
the lorry reversing and the wheelbarrow.
If you add them all up - eight out of ten.
-It's a pass.
-Well done, guys.
Excellent! Eight out of ten is a great result for the Orange team.
We came out the blocks all guns blazing, "Snap, snap, snap,"
getting the right photos, the hazards.
We let our teamwork go a bit, but that won't happen again, hopefully.
And I think my dad did all right, as well.
So, Rhys, how did you think you got on?
I don't know. We might have done well, I don't know.
OK. So you've already got three passes,
how would you feel if you got a forfeit?
I would feel really sad, because I really don't want a forfeit.
-Sandra, how did they get on?
-There was a lot of hazards,
-but the good news is you got nine out of ten.
Well done, Rhys. Keep up the good work.
-Keep up the good work.
-Well done. Congratulations, Sarah.
Nine out of ten is a fantastic score. Well done, Greens!
The one we got wrong was the kid on the bike.
Sandra said he was going away,
but that is good that you are aware that there is a cyclist.
The chicken running around in the road,
probably just as much a danger,
but we'd run out of pictures by then and it was far too late.
But it was still a pass, so really pleased.
Well done, guys. We've checked all the pictures,
and I can tell you... Sandra's got the results.
Manisha, Cliff, ten hazards photographed.
-Ten hazards photographed.
-Ten out of ten! That's what we're looking for!
You can't beat ten out of ten. Cracking teamwork, guys!
We got ten out of ten, we got all of them,
and I'm really happy about that.
I think I'll be leaving the Driving Academy
with a greater appreciation of road conditions and hazards on the road,
and maybe a bit more respect, as well.
Dad's come on a long way and we've done really well.
-How do you think you got on?
-We should have taken more pictures.
OK. Do you think you missed some?
I did ask Mum quite a few times and Mum said maybe not, so...
Oh! You're blaming your mum!
Oh, Michelle, is he right, is it your fault,
or is he just trying to worm his way out of it?
I just thought that I wasn't sure how long more
we were going to be driving, and what other,
perhaps even worse hazards, we were going to come across.
As you know, you had to take seven correct photos of hazards.
You only took six, so that's an automatic fail.
Driving is not just about the controls, the steering, the gears.
You need to be more aware of what's on the road.
OK. Hope you have a better day tomorrow.
Six out of ten - a real disappointment for the Blues.
To be honest, we did absolutely rubbish.
I listened to Mum on most of it,
and Mum, most times, got it wrong quite badly.
We've both been doing really well on the driving skills,
and that's been great, but our weakness seems to be
awareness around us, signs, and that is now letting us down quite badly.
Hazards are all about planning, seeing, acting. "What if..?"
Don't wait till it happens. See it before it happens and act on it.
Be safe, stay safe, keep safe.
In the Superskills so far, Rhys and Sarah have passed four.
The Purples also have four out of seven.
The Blues stay on five.
Molly and Andy are level pegging, with five out of seven, too.
We've made it through another day of training, and well done, guys.
But as always, let's get down to handing out these passes.
The first pass I'm going to hand out to Molly and Andy.
-Yeah, well done, Molly.
The second pass goes to Manisha and Cliff. Congratulations, well done.
And the final pass goes to Rhys and Sarah. There you go, guys.
Jono and Michelle, you know what's going to happen.
You failed, so there's a forfeit. Here are your Toothbrushes Of Doom.
My car is dirty, so go and get stuck in!
Whilst they get mucky with that custard-covered car,
check out what we've got coming up on day eight of Driving Academy.
It's raining crash-test dummies
as our rookies find out first-hand about bad weather.
Surely any dummy can see that coming?
Oh, silly me, this is Mr C we're talking about!
And slip-sliding away,
we've got an ice-cool Superskills challenge.
That ultimate test is looming,
and it's going to be a tough couple of days for our teams.
Don't you dare miss it!
There are only two days left
before our teams face the ultimate driving test.
Will they hold their nerve? Find out next time on Driving Academy.
Until then, stay safe.
Stay away from him, darling.
-It's a hazard.
-Take his picture, then.
I can see something ahead. It's yellow and fluffy.
Oh, I think it's a chicken, you know.