Group guides the way for young drivers

Eden Selman (left) and Stellar Waipouri (both 17) show the guide they helped create to help teenagers when out and about driving.

A GROUP of Invercargill girls saw a business opportunity when one of them struggled to jump-start her car.

James Hargest College pupils Eden Selman, Harriet Gilder, Stellar Waipouri and Carissa MacLennan realised that, like them, many teenagers did not know what to do in tricky vehicle situations such as changing a tyre, dealing with a flat battery or when a vehicle got stuck.

As part of the Southland Young Enterprise scheme, the group Paddle decided to write and publish the guide, Emergency Handbook: Keeping New Zealand Teenagers out of Sh*t Creek, outlining tips and essential information for people facing unsafe scenarios on Southland roads.

“It happened with a friend, she ran out of battery. I had to rush out there but in the end neither of us knew what to do. And I feel so many people feel that way,” Eden said with a laugh.

“We decided it would be great to have a handbook, not some wordy manual, in our glovebox, just to give the bare bones of what we need when faced with a challenging situation, written by and for teenagers.”

The group partnered with Road Safety Southland staff, who checked and approved all the information in the guide and would be sold at Paper Plus.

She said the number of crashes caused by teenagers on the roads was also a reason for them to write the book.

“Obviously, teenage drivers are the most at-risk drivers and that is why they are our target audience.

“Our main goal is to keep everyone safe. Just chuck this book in your glovebox, hopefully you will never need it, but if you do that’s just there for you.”

The group will donate $1 from every book sold to Drive My Life.