Driving

  1. how old were you when you learned to drive? who taught you and was the car an automatic?

    any funny memories or any memories you will not forget when you were learing to drive?


    this topic comes to mind because my daughter is getting ready to take her written exam. she does pretty good but scares me a little, that at times, i put on brakes on the passenger side.

    do you tend to be "afraid" when others drive ("pros" or "amateurs"]
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  2. 39 Comments

  3. by   GPatty
    Gosh~ I don't really remember who "taught" me to drive. I do remember driving to the hospital to see my Mom when I was 13. My brother grabbed the handle to the car, and I just sped up! (He didn't get hurt..)
    Ummmm... got my license when I was 19 and bought my first car for $114.50. It was a Satellite Sebring Plus, don't remember the year, but it took a whole paycheck plus some to pay for it. (Can you imagine?)
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    I guess I learned when I was around 11 or 12.
    My first car was a '63 VW bug that I bought for 100.00
    I drove it over 100,000 miles before it died.
    My 15 year old has been driving for a few years and my 11 year old is a good driver too. I taught them both on standard transmissions. Daughter just bought her first motor vehicle...a motorcycle. Takes it to work afterschool. She would take it to school too but she doesn't want anyone messing with it.
    -Russell
  5. by   Whisper
    I learnt to drive at 16, and was taught by a driving instructor, but they wre trying to scam more money out of us, so my parents finished teaching me, whilst I used up the one a month I had paid for with my driving instructor.

    I will always remember phoning my driving instructor up to cancel anymore lessons because I had passed my test

    I learnt in a manual car, which is what I drive now, automatics aren't that big over here and if you learn and take your test in one your licence will only allow you to drive an automatic car, unless you take a further test in a manual car.
  6. by   CEN35
    hmmmm....... hehehe i could go on forever here...........

    1st experience behind the wheel:

    i was ???? between 8 -11? i hopped in my grandfathers car, which was in the driveway. i put on his baseball hat, and started to pretend i was driving. :d there's much more to it though. my grandfather was a little guy, kind of a shrimp lol!
    anyways, it was a stick. i knocked it out of gear, just as my dad was walking outside. as the car rolled backwards down the driveway, my dad was waving bye to me. he thought it was his dad (i.e. my grandfather). i had no idea how to stop the car, and rolled across the street, over the neighbors mailbox, and into a ditch. my father ran down the driveway yelling dad! dad!
    then he opened up the door, and looked at me.............and said "you little son of a b*tch!"

    anyways, short of that i learned from my dad, and a driving school instructor.

    does anybody else make me nervous when they drive and i am in the car?
    only when it's snowing out. i'm perfectly fine in tthe snow as a driver, anybody else, makes me nervous in the snow though.
    or
    if they are one of those people that have scratched and messed up wheels and hubcaps (on both sides of the car), from using the curbs to stay on the road! lmao!



    me


    Last edit by CEN35 on Aug 23, '02
  7. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by cen35
    hmmmm....... hehehe i could go on forever here...........

    1st experience behind the wheel:

    i was ???? between 8 -11? i hopped in my grandfathers car, which was in the driveway. i put on his baseball hat, and started to pretend i was driving. :d there's much more to it though. my grandfather was a little guy, kind of a shrimp lol!
    anyways, it was a stick. i knocked it out of gear, just as my dad was walking outside. as the car rolled backwards down the driveway, my dad was waving bye to me. he thought it was his dad (i.e. my grandfather). i had no idea how to stop the car, and rolled across the street, over the neighbors mailbox, and into a ditch. my father ran down the driveway yelling dad! dad!
    then he opened up the door, and looked at me.............and said "you little son of a b*tch!"

    anyways, short of that i learned from my dad, and a driving school instructor.

    does anybody else make me nervous when they drive and i am in the car?
    only when it's snowing out. i'm perfectly fine in tthe snow as a driver, anybody else, makes me nervous in the snow though.
    or
    if they are one of those people that have scratched and messed up wheels and hubcaps (on both sides of the car), from using the curbs to stay on the road! lmao!



    me


    :chuckle
  8. by   nursedawn67
    16, learned at school in driver's training, mainly drove my mom's Jeep Wagoneer. Now drive a 2002 Chevy Impala. My daughter too is in driver's training, boy do I feel old!! Have another daughter that takes driver's training next summer!! My oldest bought my 1997 Chevy Cavalier, so when she turns 16 next summer she is all set.
  9. by   Lausana
    I got my license when I was 17...my parents thought I should wait until I could pay for my insurance & had a crazy idea that waiting longer would make me a better driver when the big day arrived.

    I'm not too bad of a driver, no tickets or fender benders...but I'm now on my 3rd car. Hey, only 1 car was my fault...and the deer who's life I spared appologized about me going into a ditch The other one was a lady in a big hurry during rush hour...ran a red...but she felt so bad she kept shouting "I'm so sorry, it was my fault", etc so it made the insurance situation a snap (Yes, my parents both dye their hair now...it was just part of being their oldest!)

    I had the most frightening man for my driving test, he was a police officer (not sure why he'd want to give driving tests?) anyway, he passed me, but did it very reluctantly he said, because I wasn't a defensive enough driver...really he just intimidated to crap out me! I cryed the whole ride home, it think it was half angry half relieved it was over :chuckle

    I wish you piece of mind with your daughter, get full coverage on the car...so you will have one less thing to worry about when she goes out
  10. by   Love-A-Nurse
    "chevy impala" this car brings back memories as i drove my dad's four-door impala on my first "long" driving trip (with my family) in the mid seventies from tuscaloosa to mobile. it took us a while but we got their!
  11. by   nursegoodguy
    i don't do the driving... basically since the my wreck but I can drive... just still a little paranoid about it all...
    But... I am doing better... I don't feel like I have to keep one eye in the rearview mirror anymore, (well only about 50% of the time)
  12. by   Sleepyeyes
    Lessee, I learned to drive in Driver Ed, and after I quit school (6 months before graduation) the teacher came by and gave me a few more lessons so I'd be able to pass my driver's test.
    I didn't have a car to test on, so my cousin volunteered. She was a smooth talker (looked like Dolly Parton with red hair) and the guys adored her, so when I could NOT start her Chevy for the test, she coolly leaned into the car (boob-flash) and said to the instructor, "Oh, this car! Just does this all the time!" and she made me get out so she could start it.
    I drove 20 mph through the city streets, with the guy like stone next to me. I pull over & stop the car. Guy gets out; I slide over and give her the keys.
    Car starts, no prob.
    I said, "I thought the car had a starter problem."
    "It does, " she giggled. "It depends on who's starting it."

    every time i think about that

    Oh yeah, I passed.... :chuckle
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Aug 23, '02
  13. by   live4today
    i learned to drive at age 16-17 while a senior in high school. i took the high school driver's ed class. all of the school's cars were automatic.

    my father took me to take my written and driving test once i finished my drivers ed class in school. i "aced" the written test, but failed the driving test because i went through a stop sign i did not see....ya'll know the one...the one they always have hidden behind a bush or low hanging tree??? :chuckle

    i also knocked down the polls while trying to parallel park. my father had practiced with me over and over again before taking me to take the test. all the way to the dmv, he preached at me "you aren't ready yet.....you aren't ready yet....you aren't ready yet......" to which i "teenagerly" replied....i am too! needless to say, i bawled all the way home, got out of the car, slammed the car door, ran in the house to my bedroom, and fell on my bed...still bawling away. :chuckle

    it was five years later...after i was married...before i had the nerve to try again....that time, i passed with flying colors. :d

    stephany......when my three daughters learned to drive, their father decided that he was the only one who would teach them.....they all have had bad driving records, accidents, speeding tickets, and illegal parking tickets from the time they got their license at age 16 until they reached their twenties.....except when my middle daughter (who is 28 now) came to visit a couple months ago. on her way home, she got a speeding ticket that cost her well over $100.00. to this day, she's the only one of my kids that i will not allow to drive me anywhere......she's still a wild one....in more ways than one. :chuckle

    the only person i trust completely to drive me anywhere besides myself is my current husband. he is without a doubt the best driver in the whole world! i can sleep without fear whenever he's behind the wheel. of course, he would not say the same thing about me......quite the opposite in fact.
    Last edit by live4today on Aug 23, '02
  14. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by nursegoodguy
    i don't do the driving... basically since the my wreck but I can drive... just still a little paranoid about it all...
    But... I am doing better... I don't feel like I have to keep one eye in the rearview mirror anymore, (well only about 50% of the time)
    Oh dear, you had an accident??
    I sure understand that fear; I was a nervous wreck for weeks after my daughter's accident last March and I was not involved.
    She's here now, and she's begun to drive me around a little because I can't drive....she's terrified but we keep it to short hops to walmart and back, except for that one trip to the doctor==but she did great. :kiss

    never mind, i found it--you had a back fx from a rear-end accident--how awful! Hope it's better!
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Aug 23, '02

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