We hope you enjoyed your RYDA experience and learnt a whole bunch of new strategies for keeping yourself and your friends safe on the roads.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. Your feedback is invaluable.
Q: If you double your driving speed, your braking distance (from the time the brakes are applied) will:
Remember our speed and stopping demo? When we increased our speed from 40 to 60 the braking distance doubled, but when we doubled our speed (from 40 to 80, the braking distance quadrupled).
Q: Talking on a mobile phone (hands-free) takes away approximately what percentage of the brain power associated with driving?
A: About 40%
Talking on the mobile phone uses up the same parts of the brain that deal with spatial sense, navigation and visual information, narrowing your vision and causing ‘inattentional blindness’ – the failure to notice a fully-visible, but unexpected object because attention was engaged on another task.
Q: The reaction time for an average driver (the time between spotting a hazard and applying the brakes) is:
A: 1.5 seconds
Travelling 60km/h, if you see something ahead of you on the road and need to stop suddenly, you’ll travel 25 metres before you even hit the brakes. Any distraction will increase your reaction time and overall stopping distance. Use your RYDA strategies to stay completely focussed when driving; you may not meet a moose on the road but you are sharing it with other very vulnerable road users (including our native wildlife).
Q: Three young passengers in your car can increase your crash risk by:
Remember our case-study? Even one younger passenger with a young driver increases the crash risk by 44%. Three quadruples the risk of a crash. The passenger restriction rules came from these statistics. They’re in place to protect you.
Q: The MAIN purpose of tyre tread is to:
A: Disperse water
Tyres are one of the most important safety features of any car, and with only one handprint of tread connecting each of your tyres to the road – quality tyres are critical. When roads are wet your tyres are sitting on a layer of water. Without tread, your car would be at high risk of aquaplaning (losing your grip on the road). There’s a lot riding on your tyres – make sure they’re up to the job.
Q: The Government’s Safe System focuses on: (tick any that apply)
A: All of them! (Road Users, Roads and Roadsides, Speed Limits and Motor Vehicles
The Safe System recognises that there are a number of factors that influence a crash and its severity. It takes what we know about people – how we think and act and it puts that in the centre of how we design and operate our road transport system. Remember, road users are a piece of the puzzle so we need to play our part.