RYDA 2016 another Success

22 September 2016 marked another great milestone for Rotary Adelaide West, holding our Club's second independent Rotary Youth Driver Awareness training day, with many thanksĀ to our Corporate Sponsor Holden Australia for returning again to support us.

Around 170 students attended from Thebarton Senior College and Findon High School to be trained in driver awareness techniques that could well save their lives or the risk of obtaining serious injuries.

Held at the Christian Family Centre on Frederick Road, Seaton, our students participated in 6 half hour lectures across the full day.

  • Stopping Distances
  • Hazards and Distractions
  • A Crash Survivor's Story
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personality Test
  • After the Crash

Each lecture presents different general awareness messages to empower students to consider this choices they make when they get behind the wheel of a car. We don't teach them how to drive. Rather, address many factors that influence a driver's ability to get their vehicle from Point A to Point B safely. Such has being aware of so many Hazards and Distractions that often cause serious crashes.

Things such as how an over the counter medication may make you drowsy. How a mobile phone can cause inattention for just a second at a critical time in the journey. Or why leaving an extra couple of car lengths of space between cars can make the difference between stopping in time or hitting a car in front. Plus so much more.

Students took breaks for morning tea and lunch, coordinated by Rotary Adelaide West Club member Simon Mills and his team from the Australian Culinary Federation Young Chefs, with delicious foods provided by the Adelaide Lebanese Bakery at Thebarton.

Our thanks also to the team from the Christian Family Centre at Seaton for hosting our RYDA training day at their facilities and our many training facilitators, including Sergeant Andy Rider from the SA Police and RAA team members who so generously donate their time and passion.

Nationally, our RYDA programme has demonstrated its ability to save lives, reduce serious road crashes and the trauma that comes from it. Demonstrations throughout the day change the way young drivers approach driving a car. Stories told offer them an insight into how easily poor driving decisions and errors can affect the rest of their lives. Our students learn how to make positive decisions to protect themselves and their passengers!

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