Young drivers in the Midlands countryside are twice as likely to have a serious road accident than those living in cities.
Road safety experts say a recent spot check of child car seats in Leicestershire found problems in nearly half the vehicles they saw.
Emergency services are warning people to take care in the snow after several reports of sledging accidents.
Those taking part in today's driving course for young drivers from the countryside have described how it will help them in the future.
Amy Purvin, 18, from North Herefordshire has been brought up in the farming community for most of her life. She says practising skidding will help her in poor driving conditions in the future.
Anna-May Furness, 18, lives on a farm near Kidderminster. She says a number of her friends have been involved in road accidents.
The figures analysed by the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs show an alarming rate of accidents in young drivers in the countryside.
Here are how many serious crashes happen per number of young rural drivers in each county across the Central region.
- 1) Lincolnshire - 1 crash for every 78 drivers
- 2) Hereford - 1 crash for every 92 drivers
- 3) Warwickshire - 1 crash for every 93 drivers
- 4) Derbyshire - 1 crash for every 102 drivers
- 5) Worcestershire - 1 crash for every 104 drivers
- 6) Nottinghamshire - 1 crash for every 105 drivers
- 7) Staffordshire 1 crash for every 106 drivers
- 8) Central & North Gloucestershire - 1 crash for every 110 drivers
- 9) West Midlands - 1 crash for every 114 drivers
- 10) Shropshire - 1 crash for every 124 drivers
- 11) Leicestershire - 1 crash for every 126 drivers
- 12) Northamptonshire - 1 crash for every 126 drivers
- 13) Rutland - 1 crash for every 160 drivers
Young drivers in the Midlands' countryside are twice as likely to have a serious road accident than those living in cities.
A study by the National Federation of Young Farmers found Lincolnshire to be the third worst place for accidents.
Today motorists from across the region got advanced training to help them prepare for dangerous conditions. Chris Halpin reports.
A new road safety driving course for young people who live in rural areas is being launched in the Midlands today.
It comes as new figures show young rural drivers are twice as likely to be involved in a collision than young urban drivers.
The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs and NFU Mutual are working with professional racing drivers to teach young farmers how to control their vehicle if they skid on ice, snow or mud.
The first course is in Kenilworth at the Prodrive Centre today.
There's alarming evidence about how safe children are in our cars.
A spot check by safety experts in the East Midlands found that more than a third of child seats weren't fitted properly or were incorrect.
Safety teams found the worrying evidence today while they worked on a campaign in Leicestershire to cut down on children being killed or seriously hurt. Chris Halpin reports.
Janet Dewsbury from Glenfield was given advice at the child seat safety clinic in Beaumont Leys today.
Her 1-year-old grand-daughter Eleanor was strapped in correctly, but she was given advice about safety head rests.
She says her main priority is always to keep Eleanor safe.
A series of child car seat clinics are being held across Leicestershire and Rutland this week to highlight the dangers of improperly fitted seats.
It's after previous sessions in the county found up to half of all vehicles spot checked had problems.
Today around 50 motorists were given free advice at Beaumont Leys Shopping centre, with three more events planned this week on:
- Tuesday 4th June, Asda Barkby Thorpe Lane, Thurmaston 10am-4pm
- Wednesday 5th June, Tesco, South Street Oakham, 9:30am-12:00
- Wednesday 5th June, Brooke Priory School, Oakham, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Claire Waterhouse has been holding advice sessions to motorists in Leicestershire today to help them use child car seats properly.
On a recent visit to Beaumont Leys nearly half of all drivers checked weren't correctly strapping their children in.
Claire says people shouldn't be afraid to get help.