The RYDA (Rotary Youth Driving Awareness) program was first introduced to the Bay of Plenty in 2019 - but what does this program cover?
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The RYDA program was first introduced to the Bay of Plenty 2019, by Tauranga Te Papa, Tauranga and Papamoa Rotary Clubs, in conjunction with Road Safety Education New Zealand, who provide the trained facilitators. 
Since its introduction into the Bay of Plenty, we now have 5 Rotary clubs working together collectively. Rotary clubs of Tauranga Te Papa, Papamoa, Tauranga, Tauranga Sunrise and Katikati.
Nationally during 2021, 11000 Year 12 students have attended a RYDA course and in the Bay, we have placed approximately 600 students through from Paeroa Waihi and Katikati Colleges and Mount and Tauranga Girls colleges.
Support funding for the courses has been provided from both Rotary and the Regional Council. Every RYDA run course receives $2000-00 from the Rotary collective.
Following very favourable feedback from teachers and students alike last year, the program will be offered to ALL of our Colleges from Waihi to Tauranga during 2022, with colleges being approached now for their slot in the 2022 course calendar.
Each day’s program contains six separate interactive seminars designed to raise awareness of road safety among the students as they begin their ‘driving lives’.  Each 30-minute Seminar deals with issues such as: 
  • The ‘I’ in Drive- Focusing on knowing yourself, Self-control, thinking social, Risk awareness and Speaking up. Helping students creating usable strategies for each category. 
  • Mind Matters- Focusing on the driver’s mind state when driving and how it positively / negatively can affect their driving.
  • Road Choices- Discussing licenses and options, making the right choices when behind the wheel, consequences of bad choices, lack of sleep, alcohol, drugs.
  • Speed and Safety- Car Safety Features, Stopping Distances and Following Distances 
  • Drive SOS-Keeping others safe on the road (peripheral vision, blind spots, and distractions)
  • Crash Investigations- (identifying the factors that impact on crash outcomes)
In total we strive to put upwards of 1000 Year 12’s through the program resulting in them gaining a greater awareness as they begin to drive, and fewer accidents in their lives