Hero LKQ Euro Car Parts driver receives safety award

Published:  12 May, 2022

An LKQ Euro Car Parts delivery driver has received Trakm8’s Road Safety Hero Award, an initiative launched by the vehicle technology solutions provider and road safety charity Brake, after he rescued a couple from a submerged vehicle.

When on his delivery rounds, Gary Nicol noticed a car travelling at speed across a junction as he waited at traffic lights. Moments he Gary spotted an upturned vehicle submerged in water down an embankment. At first, he assumed it had been there all night, but then he noticed the engine was still running.

After calling passers-by to help, Gary led the efforts to free the couple trapped inside. After lifting the female passenger above the waterline so she could breathe, Gary then looked to help the driver, who was trapped by his seat belt. He was cut free by Gary using the penknife of a bystander.

Commenting on his experience, Gary said: “I just did what I think anyone else would have done. When I saw the car in the water, my adrenaline kicked in and I knew I had to help - I didn’t really think about doing anything else. I’m just very glad that they both got out ok and that I was in the right place at the right time. Anything else just doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Trakm8 marked 2021’s Road Safety Week with the launch of a nationwide search for Britain’s ‘Road Safety Hero’. Jim Hill, Group Marketing Director, at Trakm8, observed: “When we set up the Trakm8 Road Safety Hero award with Brake, we were inundated with great entries. Gary’s story really personifies why we launched the Road Safety Hero Award. We were all blown away by his bravery and quick-thinking – he’s a real credit to LKQ Euro Car Parts and the wider fleet industry.”

Alongside his award, Gary has also won a one-night luxury London break, with a view from The Shard and a three-course meal at Marco Pierre Whites restaurant.

For more information, visit: https://www.trakm8.com

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