Students get tips to save their lives
"PULL over, I'm gonna spew."
Those words could very well save a young passenger's life, according to one of the world's foremost car crash safety experts.
Bridie Scott-Parker was at the Rotary Young Driver Awareness sessions at Caloundra to teach young drivers the importance of having options and "escape plans" to help them avoid risky scenarios.
Dr Scott-Parker, based at the University of the Sunshine Coast's crash research unit, has just returned from delivering lectures at symposiums in France and Poland.
She spent the day with 200 Kawana Waters State College students - most with learner's permits or "P" licences - at the RYDA sessions at Corbould Park.
"They're the most important people in our community. They're on the brink of the rest of their lives and we have to look after them," Dr Scott-Parker said.
"I remember what it was like to be 17, it's normal to push boundaries, but go swimming with a shark, it's far safer."
Dr Scott-Parker told the participants to ensure they had options to help them avoid dangerous situations such as being in a car with a drunk driver.
"It's a bit daggy to say, 'I don't like the way you're driving', so try saying 'Pull over, I'm gonna spew' - no one likes spew in their car," she said.
About 1200 Year 11 students from 10 local high schools were involved in the program this month.