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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RYDA video

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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I in Drive quiz

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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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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Do you know what to do if you’re involved in a crash?

Here are some steps we recommend you take. It’s a good idea to print this out and keep in your glovebox.

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Safety at a Crash Scene

Here’s some more information about safety at a crash scene.

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Glovebox Safety Guide for Breakdowns

The NSW Government has produced a glove box guide for motorists among a range of measures to reduce crashes in breakdown situations on high speed roads. Drop by your local motor registry or print the attached out and leave it in your glovebox for that rainy day.

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Feeling Sleepy? Test Your Reaction Time

Most adults need 7-8 hours’ sleep per day, ideally at night, for optimal alertness. People who get less sleep than they need often complain of feeling wiped out. Check out this game, designed to challenge you to stay alert in boring situations – like night driving or long stretches of highway. As with all games, intense levels of concentration or repetition can lead to more successful outcome. Regardless of your results with this game, the evidence is clear, driving fatigued is very dangerous.

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Gauging Your Distraction – Texting While Driving

New studies show that drivers overestimate their ability to multitask behind the wheel. This game measures how your reaction time is affected by external distractions and demonstrates potential consequences of distractions, like texting, on your driving ability. As with all games, intense levels of concentration or repetition can lead to more successful outcome. Regardless of your results with this game, the evidence is clear, you should not attempt to text when driving.

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Are you fatigued right now?

Driver Fatigue is one of the 3 big killers on our roads. Take this quick test from Transport for NSW before getting on the road.

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Driver fatigue calculator

Driving and fatigue are a dangerous mix, increasing your chances of having a crash. The NZTA have put together a handy driver fatigue calculator which could help you see if you are at risk of being affected by fatigue.

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How’s Your Peripheral Vision?

Peripheral vision is essential to safe driving. In this game you can put your peripheral vision to the test. Numbers, letters or symbols are given, and you have to search for them and click on the right boxes in the opposing grid as quick as possible. To use your peripheral vision, try to keep your eyes focused on the grid that is filled.

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Thinking of buying a car?

Check out the ANCAP site to make sure you get all the safety features you need.

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10 Tips for Wet Weather Driving

There are a few basic rules every driver should follow to ensure they don’t end up in trouble when driving in wet weather.

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Top 10 Road Trip Safety Tips

Be prepared for your next trip away and tick off these safety checks, before you get on the road.

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Learner Driver Resource (NZ only)

Need some information on what skills you need to acquire to pass your Learner’s test in New Zealand?

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