KELTY kids had a close encounter with a gritter lorry as they learned about road safety heroes.

Pupils from St Joseph's RC Primary had a visit from Amey's highways team and learned how they can keep themselves and others safe when travelling on or near roads.

The session was attended by two Amey road safety heroes, correspondence officer Andy Jones and gritter driver John Crowe.

After the talk the pupils were given a tour of the gritter and had the chance to sit inside and see how the vehicle operates.

At the end of the session the pupils were given a task to draw a picture of their very own road safety hero with the winner from each class winning an Easter egg.

The visit was a part of Amey’s commitment to supporting the communities where the company operate, which includes delivering highways maintenance on the motorways and trunk roads in north east Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland.

Primary six teacher Angela Sutherland said the visit had been a great success.

“What an amazing experience having Amey visit class during STEM week," she said. "The pupils loved every minute and learned so much about road safety heroes and their important jobs.

“Having a chance to get into the gritter, see it up close, learn about the features and ask questions really developed their interest in STEM careers and let them appreciate the super job the company does.”