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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Australian National Guide to L & P rules

With different rules in each state, navigating L and P plate requirements can be tricky.  Check out this handy basic state-by-state guide to getting on the road from CarSales.com.au.



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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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Be Your Own Coach

In the Personality Test 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 3.2 E-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 3.2 E-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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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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Sample Permission Note

Need help putting together a permission note for your RYDA excursion? This sample outlines some (but not all) of the information you may wish to include. Please refer to the letter of confirmation you will have received from Road Safety Education for complete details.

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Venue and Safety Information for School Excursions

Putting together a Risk Assessment for your upcoming RYDA Program?  This outline of venue and safety information should help you with the key aspects of the program.

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Best Practice in Road Safety

Choosing a road safety education program is a bit like selecting a safe car – you should only choose a program that performs best when bench-marked against what research indicates will produce the best outcome for students. Most jurisdictions across Australia and New Zealand have published guidelines or principles on what constitutes ‘Best Practice’ for youth road safety education.

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Government Curriculum Resources by Jurisdiction

To support teachers in New Zealand and Australian states and territories, governments have provided curriculum resources and learning activities appropriate to their jurisdiction’s curriculum and road safety context.

Curriculum Resources NZ Curriculum Resources NSW Curriculum Resources QLD Curriculum Resources SA Curriculum Resources TAS Curriculum Resources VIC  Curriculum Resources WA


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Authentic Learning Trumps Fear Tactics

An article by Mary Chamberlain, a New Zealand road safety education consultant,  on alternatives to using fear tactics with senior secondary students using road safety as an authentic context  to apply curriculum learning.

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Going Solo

The Monash Injury Research Institute have put together a 16-page booklet called “Going Solo” designed to inform parents of the risks their newly licensed son/daughter will face, particularly in their first year on their P-plate licence.

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