Race Track to Road Safety
The RYDA program shows students how their own perceptions of their car’s abilities might be misguided, and in one scenario they closed off a section of road and let students predict braking distance. They did this by heavily applying the car’s foot brake at one point, marked out by a witches hat, and let students predict where the car would stop.
“None of the students ever get it right,” he said.
Mr Smith said students either majorly over-reached and placed the cone way too far away from the actual stop spot, or they under judged and thought the car would stop sooner than it did.
He said his goal working with RYDA was that if he could ‘save one child’s life’, it would be worth it.