The RYDA Experience

RYDA is essential road safety education for young drivers and their passengers. RYDA gives drivers strategies to manage distractions, avoid risk and plan their journey.  It also gives them an understanding and acceptance of the rules of the road and the laws of physics.  It teaches passengers how to contribute positively to the car’s environment and speak up if they are uncomfortable.  It’s a fun day out of the school classroom that builds, for all students, critical life skills, laying the foundation for safe road use throughout their lives.

This video shows a RYDA day from the student’s perspective.

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You can also download the video to by clicking either the Australian or the New Zealand version and selecting ‘download’.

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Your RYDA Experience

Are you a new driver?  Maybe you’re their passenger?  Either way, the RYDA program is for you.  RYDA will give you critical information and tools to stay safe on the roads.  It’s also fun day out of the school classroom where you’ll collaborate with friends, work on personal strategies, see a real demonstration of emergency braking and get tips from road safety experts. Check out this video to see a RYDA day from a student’s perspective.

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The RYDA Experience

RYDA is essential road safety education for young drivers and their passengers.  It’s also a great day out of the school classroom for students to collaborate with their friends, work on personal strategies and get tips from road safety experts. This video shows a RYDA day from the student’s perspective.  It’s an excellent way to introduce RYDA to students and parents and give them a feel for what the program’s all about.

To view the video, click the icon on the right.
You can also download the video to show at assembly or post of your school’s social media pages.  To save the video, click either the Australian or the New Zealand version and select ‘download’.

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RYDA – A Teacher’s Guide

For a quick but comprehensive overview of what RYDA is, how it works and how it can support you in delivering road safety messages to your students, scroll through our Teacher’s Guide to RYDA.

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A parent’s guide to decision making in teens

From getting beyond drunk at a friend’s party, to some seriously questionable outfit choices, teenagers often do things that seem outlandishly stupid. But we now know why: the areas of the brain that control decision-making don’t fully develop until early adulthood.

A teen’s developing brain places them at greater risk of being reactive in their decision-making, and less able to consider the consequences of their choices. So how can parents help their teenagers learn and apply good decision-making skills?

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The ‘I’ in Drive – Personality Quiz

At RYDA, you complete a short quiz about general areas of your personality.  Even though none of the questions are about driving – every one of them will give you an insight into the kind of driver or passenger you might be.  By identifying the parts of your personality that put you at higher risk in certain situations, you can be ready with strategies to manage them.  To take the test again or compare your answers with a friend or parent, click here:

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Teaching someone to drive

Keys2Drive is an Australian Government-funded program providing learner drivers and their parents/supervisors a free driving lesson with a Keys2Drive accredited professional driving instructor.

Their website has some great advice to help you supervise a learner driver.  Learn how to pass on the art of safe and confident driving, and empower your learner driver to find for themselves the skills of road safety awareness.

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Distracted Driving Simulator

When you take your eyes off the road or are distracted from the primary task of driving, how much are you missing? Use this interactive driving scenario simulator to find out.  (Canadian website)

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Stopping Distances Calculator

Ever wondered how different speeds and conditions affect your stopping distance? Check out this handy calculator.  You can even adjust the reaction time to see how distractions make an impact.  As an experiment, push the reaction time up to 4 seconds, the average time it takes to send a quick text, and see what happens to your stopping distance.

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Stopping Distance

Be Your Own Coach

In the I in Drive session at RYDA we encouraged you to be your own coach not only in driving technique but also other things about being a low-risk driver (attitude, approach).   Here’s a quick guide to things you can do so you go from strength to strength.

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RYDA 4.0 Flyer (Australia)

This electronic flyer gives parents an overview of the RYDA Program content and can be emailed home with permission notes.  This flyer is for schools attending RYDA at the metropolitan and regional venues in Australia.

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RYDA 4.0 Flyer (New Zealand)

This electronic flyer gives parents an overview of the RYDA Program content and can be emailed home with permission notes.  

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NZTA Curriculum Links

Long term road safety behaviour change will only be realised where educational materials support each other and key messages are repeated over time.  RYDA is designed to align closely with and support messaging in the school curriculum.  Here we’ve compiled a list of links between RYDA sessions and NZTA produced curriculum resources.  These links are also outlined in the RYDA Teacher’s Companion booklet.

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Testimonials

The RYDA sessions are designed to use a variety of delivery techniques, including powerful videos, group work, role plays, demonstrations and deeply personal stories from crash survivors. We recognise that everybody learns differently so RYDA’s varied approach aims to resonate personally with every student and help each person develop their individual road safety strategy.

That’s why, when we ask students to tell us what their favourite session was and why, we get an equally varied mix of responses. This flyer collates student feedback on each of the sessions.  For further testimonials from teachers, parents, students and road safety experts, please see our testimonials page.

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Choosing RYDA as a Project for Your Club

Choosing a new project for any Rotary Club is an important decision. Committing the time, energy and/or fundraising efforts of volunteers is not a decision that is taken lightly. This document outlines a few of the key elements to help Clubs decide if they wish to bring RYDA to their community.

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RSE Rotary Compact

This Compact details the mutual obligations of both the Rotary Clubs participating in the running of the RYDA Program and of Road Safety Education Limited, providers of the RYDA Program.

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RYDA supports the school curriculum

Curricula in Australia and New Zealand prescribe road safety-related topics in Health/PE (eg. safety, well-being), Science (eg. reaction time, speed and acceleration), Maths (eg. stopping distance, speed measurement), English (eg. research methods, visual language, personal writing, drama) and other subjects. It also allows teachers to choose contexts in all learning areas, and to support General Capabilities (Australia), and Key Competencies (NZ).  Download this document to see how the RYDA program fits the Australian and New Zealand school curriculum.

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Promote your RYDA day on your school’s Facebook page

To help you get those parental permissions in, try posting this image to your school’s social media pages or inserting it into the school newsletter in the lead-up to your RYDA day.  To download, click ‘view resource’, then right click on the image and select ‘save image as’.

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