Week one: Learning to drive
Today I am linking up with Bonnie over at Life of Bon. This week’s Throwback Thursday is learning to drive. I can still remember learning to drive just like it was yesterday. When I was first learning to drive my dad took my sister and I to one of the local colleges and we drove around the parking lot. It was not that bad of an experience until my dad decided that one day we were going to learn on the stick shift. That was pretty much a nightmare. I think it was way too much to remember at once and I decided that I did not want to do that again. I am sticking to automatic!
Me in high school. Yikes!
I did not get proper driving instructions until I was about 17 or 18. The private school that I was going to did not have a driver’s ed program so I had to go to a private driving school. It was pretty easy and the guy was a cool teacher. When it was time to go for my driving test to get my license the instructor told me that I should go to one of the towns nearby and take my test because all they make you do is drive around the block and then park the car. So that is exactly what I did. And I passed with flying colors! The only bad thing about the driving school is that the instructor did not teach me how to parallel park, since that would not be part of the driving test. And to this day I still do not know how to parallel park.
My first car was similar to the van below. Yikes! My parents gave it to me when they bought a new car. I hated that van. But how can you complain when you get a vehicle for free. It was for sure not the coolest car for a young person to have, but hey at least I had a car.
My very first driving experience though was as a kid going down my grandmother’s driveway on a hot wheel. Those were the days!
Luckily (knock on wood) I have not had any major accidents, only a minor fender bender once. And I have managed to not get any tickets. I have received one warning for running a red light. But other than that my driving experience has been pretty uneventful. Thank God!