First year agriculture students from Brackenhurst Nottingham Trent University enjoyed a lesson with a difference recently when one of Honda (UK)’s ATV safety experts visited the group to take them through the importance of safe riding and some basic maintenance skills.
NTU lecturer, Andrew Guy, looks after the mechanisation module on the BTEC level three agriculture course that his students are taking. At Brackenhurst, we are fortunate that we still have a College farm and students have the opportunity to use all sorts of modern farm machinery,” he said. “My job is to teach them about the use of land based machinery so, after wed studied tractors, I felt that doing something on ATVs would be very useful as they are also an essential tool on any farm. So, I contacted Honda to ask if they could send me any written material and they suggested that perhaps we could enhance the students learning experience by sending along an ATV and one of their ATV safety experts I wasnt going to say no
I wanted the group to develop their knowledge about ATVs, learn a healthy respect for these machines and gain an insight into the safe use and basic maintenance required. Therefore, having a real bike as well as someone with 25 years worth of experience there for them to talk to gave them so much more of an understanding. Needless to say, they all really enjoyed the day and Im pleased with the way that their skills and understanding have improved. It would be fantastic if we could repeat the session next year!”
Student Sophie Barnes said; The presentation was fascinating and I didnt realise how much Honda puts into the development of its ATVs in terms of technology, eco-friendliness and so on. Previously, Id thought that an ATV was just an ATV but after listening to what Hondas expert, Lindsay, had to say, I realised exactly what it can do, what it is capable of and also, just how important safety is its not just a case of simply getting on and riding it and I will definitely have Lindsays advice in the back of my mind when I have to deal with ATVs in the future.