Rotary Youth Driver Awareness

Road Safety Education - RYDA
Our Club has invested in the education of our region’s young drivers by hosting the RYDA program (developed by Road Safety Education Ltd) for Year 11 students from:
Clare High School
Burra Community School
Balaklava High School
Horizon Christian School
Riverton and District High School.


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Road Safety Education Limited is the leading provider of road safety education for youth in Australia. The flagship RYDA Program is delivered each year to over 50,000 senior high school students from more than 650 participating schools. At RYDA, students attend six interactive sessions at a dedicated venue over the course of a school day.

In small peer groups, they are challenged to change the way they think about road safety; participating in a stopping distance demonstration, devising personalised strategies, gaining an understanding of their individual risk profile and getting tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family. The greatest impact at RYDA often comes from the personal stories of loss and survival where students come to realise how one poor choice can change a life forever. By participating in RYDA, schools further their commitment to educating the ‘whole student’, providing a unique opportunity to learn essential life skills as they face the challenges of driving solo or as an infuential passenger of a novice driver. Now is the time to equip young people with the tools and knowledge they need to stay safe on the road.

RYDA Sessions

In small groups, students take part in six interactive workshops.
Speed & Stopping On a closed section of roadway, students experience the relationship between speed and stopping distance through practical observation. Students also learn about the importance of car safety features and maintenance.

Hazards & Distractions An interactive session where students form strategies to manage distractions and improve their hazard perception skills.

The Personality Test A reflective session designed to show students how their personality is an important aspect of the total road safety equation. Students self assess against five personality areas and use this tool to analyse risky situations in cars.

Rights & Responsibilities A discussion, routinely led by a Police Officer on key risk areas for young drivers and passengers. Features hard-hitting videos on decision making and choices.

After the Crash A powerful presentation by a speaker about the crash that changed their life. Features an exercise where students examine how a similar crash would affect their life and plans.

Genevieve’s story A true and emotional story about a young driver and passenger involved in a road crash. Students analyse the crash and its contributing factors, discuss the ripple effect and develop plans for decision making in risky situations.


This is held annually at Valleys Lifestyle Centre with approximately 200 students taking part.

Students are addressed by more than 6 presenters on various topics giving valuable advice and life experiences over the school period time. Students responded very favourably and many are very impressed with the content.

Students receive a certificate of attendance and other paperwork from the major sponsor for the day, Beyond Bank, whose support is invaluable in providing funds for materials and feeding of all attendees.

Many thanks must go to all sponsors who also help to promote and run the program including:

Beyond Bank, Woolworths, Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council, Mid-North Motor Company, Hills Start Driving, Clare Sports Club, Clare Police, Port Pirie Police and RAA SA Motor.


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