Host: Well, I guess the first thing is congratulations, everybody here is the P-plater.
Person 1: Yeah, I passed the first time. I was pretty nervous, but yeah, passing was definitely the best feeling ever.
Person 2: I love driving so much. Every time someone is like, “Oh, can someone drive?” “Me! I will do it”.
Person 3: Well, it’s a huge relief for me and my parents because I live half an hour away from school, so every morning they’d be driving me back and forth and I mean that saves a lot of the time for them, so I mean, it changed their lives and it’s changed mine.
Host: Did you actually know statistically you’re a better driver with mum or dad in the car?
All people: Yes. (I believe that) (Say it all together)
Person 4: If it wasn’t my dad teaching me all the stuff like, who to give way and what, and how many metres between each car, I think I definitely would have been in an accident already.
Person 5: They’re always like, you know good job and that, and then they’re like, maybe take that a bit slower.
Person 6: My parents are like, very neurotic about my driving, so any…
Host: But why is that? Because they…
Person 6: Love me.
Host: They want you to get from A to B in one piece, right?
Person 7: Just because we don’t have that L-plate and we have a P-plate doesn’t mean like, we’re still learning. Every time you get in the car is a learning experience cause you don’t know what’s gonna happen.
Host: But statistically you’re actually six times more likely to be involved in a serious crash in that period of going from being a learner driver to putting that red P on the car and having all of that freedom and independence.
Person 7: Well, I found the first drive after I got my Ps was pretty eye-opening. After spending all that time with your parents, it is like that an extra support behind you and then you go the road and you’re by yourself and it’s a big responsibility making sure that you keep yourself safe and you keep, as much as you can, others safe around you.
Person 8: Oh, yeah. I think you don’t realise how much that the second set of eyes is really doing for you in your first hundred hours and then you get out there all on your own. And I realised that I actually have to check on the high speed merge if someone is coming, not mum, but yeah.
Person 9: I enjoy having mum and dad in the car more now I’m on my Ps than when I was on my Ls, because they respect that I’ve got this far, they have just taken the backseat, noticing little things we can work on.
Host: Has it become more like a conversation rather than instruction?
Person 9: Yeah, it’s a lot easier to talk to them about it.
Person 10: Yeah, they respect your driving a lot more, cause they can appreciate that you’ve done your hundred hours. You have passed the test so you are legally competent to drive on your own.
Person 11: But having them in the car with me, it’s really taught me like, just to keep on learning and just keep…I don’t know… just to stay safe.
Person 12: Well, I can just appreciate now that they are just trying to help.
Person 13: They’ve been driving for a lot longer than you have and you know, they know the right and wrong thing to do and even though you think that you are invincible and you can be that confident, but realistically you can learn from them.