Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Programme

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) is a programme that educates youth about a range of issues that can impact on driving. This page provides details about the scheme, which will next run in 2018.

The programme was succesfully run for Nelson and Tasman colleges from 13 to 17 March 2017.

Students from Tasman and Nelson colleges take part in the whole day programme which includes a variety of presentations:

  • Safe Partying;
  • It's your Choice and Consequences;
  • Hazard Awareness and Defensive Driving;
  • Budgeting and Insurance Advice;
  • Stopping Distance Demonstration.

RYDA is a joint project of Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council, Rotary, ACC, the Police, Brain Injury Trust and local driving instructors. 

The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect is a road safety initiative aimed at young drivers and passengers, helping them to make good choices. It is based on the flow-on impact of a fatal motor car crash in Pauatahanui, near Wellington in 2009. Two young passengers were killed, and three other people in an oncoming car were seriously injured. The DVD presentation is followed by a presentation from the father of one of the young men killed.  He talks about details of the crash, life after the crash for family and friends, and road safety messages regarding drivers and passengers making the right choices. The title of this initiative reflects the ripple of effect which a single event can have on friends, families and the community.

Get Involved

Further information

  • For parents - A toolkit for parents of teen drivers - Safe Teen Driver
  • For young drivers - A website to help you pass your restricted test the first time and become a more competent driver - Drive
  • For young drivers - A website for Students Against Drivng Drunk - SADD