A lot has been happening over the past year with the RYDA program, click "read more" to see the latest update on the program.
The RYDA programme was first introduced to the Bay of Plenty last year, by Tauranga Te Papa, Tauranga and Papamoa Rotary Clubs, in conjunction with Road Safety Education New Zealand, who provide the trained facilitators.  The first of this year’s programmes was recently successfully run in Tauranga, for approximately 300 year 12 students from Mt Maunganui College.
Following very favourable feedback from teachers and students alike last year, the program will be offered to six other Colleges from Waihi to Tauranga during 2020 with 3 more courses in March. 
Each day’s programme 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 licences 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 will reach approximately 1000 students this year, hopefully resulting in greater awareness as they begin to drive, and fewer accidents in their lives.