The non-driving life can be tough.

Words by

Amber De Luca - Tao

Whether you’re in the process of getting your licence or have two hours of driving experience to your name, the non-driving life can be tough. 

Take my word for it. I’m 20 years old, don’t have a car, don’t have my L’s. It’s just me, myself and PTV. 

But what I have come to realise is that your licence-equipped friends are your greatest resource. And one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to annoy the shit out of these special, god-sent people. You have to earn your shotgun spot and continue to maintain it. 

So below is my fail-proof, play-by-play to ensure that you’ll keep your enemies close, but your driving friends closer. And if you screw up, just remember: it’s their way, or the highway (on the bus).

  1. Be ready to go before they arrive
  2. Don’t sit on their stuff (I once heard my friend sat on the driver’s tube of foundation and it splattered all over the upholstery of her BMW)
  3. Don’t have dirty shoes (especially if they’ve just cleaned their car)
  4. If they have an epic pile of empty Maccas takeaway in the backseat, don’t judge
  5. Make sure you organise on their terms, not yours
  6. Don’t assume it’s a return ticket
  7. Your life is in their hands. Don’t be afraid to speak up, but also don’t be a backseat driver (because you technically don’t know how to drive, remember)
  8. Wear nice perfume so you are positively adding to the sensory experience of the trip
  9. If they have an AUX cord, the least you can do is have decent music ready to play
  10. Don’t be on your phone the whole time, make sure your company is good value for money, otherwise they could’ve picked up a pile of bricks (and talk to a brick wall, ha, get it?)
  11. In saying that, make conversation, but don’t completely distract the driver
  12. If you’re asking them for a lift, make sure you at least offer to repay them in some way, shape or form. Even if your offer is neglected, it’s the thought that counts
  13. And last but not least, when you finally get your licence, don’t forget you are eternally in their debt (aka your ride is their ride).

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