The RYDA Program focuses on attitude and awareness with the aim of helping young adults become better people on the road. The program highlights the privilege and responsibilities of owning and driving a motor vehicle and also illustrates their rights and responsibilities as passengers and pedestrians.It is a one-day event held at a non-school site which co-ordinates the efforts of local road safety experts, including driving instructors, the Police and recovering survivors of road crashes.
Road Safety Education Limited invested considerably in research when it developed the RYDA Program which is based on best practice principles, distilled into five broad themes: program content, program delivery, consistent sequential learning, broad community engagement and evaluation. For further information on guidelines for Best Practice for Youth Road Safety Education Programs see here.
WHAT IS RYDA?
The RYDA Program is a road safety education program aimed at reducing death and injury amongst young people on Australian roads. The Program targets 16 to 17 year olds who are at the stage of their lives where they start to drive or ride in a vehicle driven by their peers.
RYDA is a community-based initiative of Rotary Clubs, partnering those organisations in our community that have a responsibility for, or interest in, road safety for youth. It has been developed in consultation with relevant Government Departments and is designed to complement and supplement the school curriculum and government road safety messages.
Students are divided into 6 groups with approximately 25 people in each group and move through the 6 session program. Each session lasts for approximately 30 minutes.
Every effort is made to keep costs to a minimum, including securing financial support from sponsors and donations from Rotary. The main costs are venue hire and professional presenter fees. These cost vary from venue to venue so please contact the local organiser for the fee.
Each venue lists the time of year they operate. This will vary and is dependent on availability of the venue and presenters.
Please check availability with your closest venue.