RYDA is a series of practical and powerful workshops that aim to change the way young people think about road safety.  As part of an interactive one-day experience, students experience braking at different speeds, devise travel strategies that will work for them in the real world and get tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family.  Perhaps the most impactful moments come from the personal stories of loss and survival.

In one session, students watch a powerful and emotional video on the life and tragic death of and 18 year old provisional driver and her best friend.  And in another, they sit with a crash survivor and hear first-hand how one poor choice can change a life forever.  New Zealand schools attending RYDA can fully or partially award NZQA credits through their unit standard program (for more information click on Teacher Resources).

RYDA is designed for 16-18 year old students who are approaching that crucial time in their lives where they start to drive independently or are travelling as passengers of novice drivers.


At RYDA, students will:

  • Identify risks of car travel (to young driver and passenger) including life-long consequences.
  • Identify contributing factors to crashes and understand how these are preventable (crashes aren’t accidents).
  • Identify what a low-risk driver/passenger is and compare to self (in relation to low-risk attributes).
  • Investigate ways to manage and eliminate road risk by developing and rehearsing personal strategies.
  • Prepare steps (safer driver and passenger behaviour change) to lower identified personal risks and be a socially responsible road user.

Teacher Resources


Click here to find resources and information to help teachers extend the road safety messages back at school.

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Student Resources

Click here to find more information about keeping safe as seen at the RYDA Program.

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  • Rotarian Resources

    Click here to find more information about conducting a RYDA Program for your local school(s).

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  • Program Calendar

    Click here to find the dates and locations of RYDA Programs across all sites.

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  • Locations

    Click here to find the locations of RYDA Programs operating across all sites.

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Parent Resources

Click here to find resources to help support and keep your new driver and their passengers’ safe.

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