Bindi Irwin gets her driver’s license — behind the wheel of her dad’s old truck

At 17 years old, Bindi Irwin is an actress, conservationist and ballroom champ — and now she has one more accomplishment to add to that list: She’s a licensed driver!

Bindi shared the news with her followers on Instagram Tuesday by posting a photo of herself holding up her new “P” plate (for provisional driver) and standing next to the Queensland constable who gave her the test.

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But the officer wasn’t the only man in her thoughts at that moment. Bindi often speaks of her late father, “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, being with her in spirit — and his truck was with her for the exam.

Bindi Irwin posts tribute to her late father Steve Irwin
Bindi Irwin posts tribute to her late father Steve Irwin on Instagram for Steve Irwin Day (November 15)Getty Images; Instagram

“It was wonderful to take my test in St George and pass the first time and in my Dad’s giant old ute!” she wrote.

In Australia, “ute” is short for utility vehicle, and her father’s old ride was dear to him.

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BEERWAH, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 20: Australia Zoo workers surround Steve Irwin’s ute (utility vehicle), swag (bedroll) and surfboard during the memorial service for the Australian environmentalist and television personality at Australia Zoo September 20, 2006 in Beerwah, Australia. Steve Irwin, known as the crocodile hunter, died after being stung through the heart by a stingray whilst diving off Port Douglas in the north of the Australian state of Queensland. (Photo by Dave Hunt/Pool/Getty Images)Getty Images

In fact, his ute — along with a bedroll, surfboard and a few other cherished possessions — was the focal point at his memorial service, where workers from Australia Zoo gathered around it to honor him after his death in 2006.

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