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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7773 posts, RR: 16
Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

Well I don't want to hear about that. But rather, tell me about the first time you drove a car. It has to be one of the biggest rites of passage for teenagers... plus without the ability to drive that other first time is not gonna happen.

I was already 16... my school schedule was such that I could not take driver's ed until my junior year, which sorta sucked. Anyways my dad and I were coming home from school when he pulled into this large park, which had a large and empty parking lot. He made me drive around it. Practice some parking manuvers, backing up around a turn and the like. After about 15-20 minutes of this he had me drive the rest of the way home... which was about 2 miles. Pretty cool stuff.


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User currently offlineKolobokman From Russia, joined Oct 2000, 1180 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

I got my first moped when I was 9!!
I was a king of my neighborhood. I was about 13 when I reached the pedals and was let drive a car. Not on the street though....I have a 1983 Plymoth now!........oh



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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2324 times:

Ahhh, I can remember the first time I ...drove...yea, drove... quite well.  Laugh out loud I wish

It was with my driving instructor, drove for about two hours. I was sitting at some red light, and WHAM! A really old guy in a huge cadillac smacked my little Toyota Corolla from behind. The poor guy was like "Well, I didn't put my foot on the brakes, I just assumed the car would stop." He felt bad, but nobody was hurt so it was alright. My driving instructor freaked out, thinking I would flip out since it was my first time driving, but I was cool. So eventually, after exchanging the necessary information, we finished the driving lesson and I went home.

Quite the experience  Smile



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User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

I was 11 (yes, ELEVEN) years old. My dad had a 1982 Cadillac Eldorado, brownstone over desert dusk firemist, with brown leather interior - very nice ride, it was! I decided to take a spin in it around the block. I'd seen Dad and Mum drive enough times, so I figured I could do it. While they were out of the house, I carefully backed the Eldo out of the garage - must've taken 10 minutes! Then I drove it down the alley, turned left, drove down the block, turned left again, drove down the opposite side of the block, then turned left back down the alley. I put the car back in the garage, again VERY carefully. This was the first of MANY driving adventures for me.  Big grin

User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2312 times:
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My "first time" actually means the day I took my driver's test. I don't recall my first day as the following day eclipse's it.

I am driving to the driver's test site in an '84 Buick Estate Wagon. I come to a light with a railroad crossing just prior to it and the guy ahead stops for the light. I thought he was going to go through the light! So now my car gets stuck on the tracks.

Now my Mom, who happened to WORK for this railroad (LIRR, which I later worked for in college) says, "don't worry, it's a quiet branch."

Now, I know this as the Central Branch has maybe 9 trains a day at MOST. So I'm thinking what are the odds that a trains is coming right now.

DING DING DING DING.


Shit. The crossing gate bells start sounding off. As I turn to the right, I see the Montauk express out of Jamaica station cruising at me at full speed. I start breaking out into laughter (my nervous response) as I starting trying to back the car off the tracks.

My head is turned to the back of the car, yelling at the car behind me to back up. As I do this,

BOOM



the CROSSING GATE, slams onto my windshield. It doesn't break but the sound freaks me out even more as I back up the car inch by inch, stuck between the gate, tracks and the traffic behind me.

The antenna of my car cracks off due to the crossing gate now snapping it off as I try to back up as much as I can.

Now the 5 chime Nathan air horns are pumping louder and louder. The nose/hood of my car is still sticking out under the X-ing gate by 3.5 feet.

Engine 272's horns are blaring at me when

whoof!

, she screams past us, horns ablaze and the car shakes and shimmies due to her force as she runs past. The trains was going so fast and the front of the car was so close that the hood emblem on the car rotated as it went by. We missed each over by a mere 2 feet.

I missed a moving train by 2 feet on the way to my driver's test.

(I later worked for the LIRR and got lots of rides in the engines. It's a much different perspective being in that locomotive and bearing down on cars on the tracks, knowing there's nothing you can do but hope the other person gets out the way.)


I did pass the driver's test about 15 minutes later. But I learned an early lesson: Don't expect the guy ahead of you to make the light.



[Edited 2003-03-13 06:52:11]


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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2298 times:

The first time I drove I was 11 years old. I was camping with my dad and he decided to let me take his car (which would have been to Superfly's liking) out for a rip. It was so sweet!!

Kris
YYC



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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2280 times:

Crap Mirrodie, that had to be especially frightening. I'd have been scarred if that happened to me!  Laugh out loud


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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

My first time? Which one; guy or girl?

Signed,
Matt D



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User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

Mirrodie;
Sounds like one of my earliest driving experiences. My dad bought a Buick Wildcat (with a big ole 454) for real cheap but he never drove it. So, one night a couple buddies and I decided to take it for a cruise. We were approaching some train tracks and my buds egged me into "jumping" the tracks. So, I floored the gas pedal and ~sputter sputter~ Yup - The car died on the tracks. Thankfully, it was a track that was rarely ever used and being at night, there was no chance of any trains coming. We later had to get a friend with a van and a rope to tow the car back home. The rope even broke at one point. By the time we got the car back my parents were home and all hell broke loose.
ooooohhhhhh, the good ole days..... :-]

aw


User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

First time in the control of a car was at 10 years old
First time driving around the neighbourhood was 11 years old
First time on the road was at 13 years old
Carried on all the time driving out on major roads/motorways until now
And now? well still not yet 16  Sad  Laugh out loud

But I do drive like one with license so no worries  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


[Edited 2003-03-13 11:19:29]

User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4339 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

Good post, Mirrodie...

Way to make sound effects.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
I didn't start driving til I was 17 and yet, 2 days ago, I bought my very first car, my baby.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy A 5 spd manual 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4.0L 6 cylinder, black color exterior.

Kevin


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

My mum took me to a school parking lot after I got my permit (in Georgia, you have to drive around with a guardian for a year before you recieve your real license) when I was 15, and I drove the Saab 9000 around for a bit.


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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

That would be guy Matt D, as we all know you have yet to be with a woman.

User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2142 times:
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Gocaps16, thanks! I'm just glad to be here to write about it.

Glad you liked the "batman" like sounds effects "POw, Splat, BAM!"





I was hoping to see more zany stories about those early moments at the wheel. C'mon, guys, let's here 'em!!!


Otherwise you want me to tell you about the time I dorve In Adelaide Australia last year??? On the other side of the road?? That was scary too.



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7773 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

Excellent story Mirrodie... did it require a change or shorts? Frankly that sounds like one of those instances where shitting yourself is allowed, or should be.



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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

Okay, how is this for zany:

When I was 16, a buddy of mine and I took his Mom's Olds Cutlass "Vista cruiser" out on frozen-solid Lake Huron in Michigan on a January weekday. It really was frozen, as we noted a number of ice fishing shacks with cars parked nearby.

Anyway, we threw that old tank around on the ice, lateral slides at 50+ mph, skids, crazy wheel spins, you name it. Almost flipped the thing. Sure, we were high as kites on some wicked hash, complemented by a 12 pack of Stroh's "Bohemian" beer (the empty cans were thrown out the window as we skidded around).

Foolish, but a happy memory of an early driving experience.



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User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2080 times:

I've driven on a frozen lake only once... and I live in Canada! It was on Lake Simcoe and the owner was mortified, so, the experience was short lived.

aw


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

I was in the drivers' ed car with three other classmates. First we drove around the parking lot at the school, just going back and forth and making turns at idle speed. Then we went out on the road. I froze at the first intersection... couldn't make the left turn. Despite the "STUDENT DRIVER" sign on the car, the person behind me layed on the horn, and that scared me even more. Luckily I unfroze when my teacher said "the other guy is waiting for you" and I saw the driver headed the opposite direction waving at me to make the turn. If he hadn't done that I might still be sitting in the middle of that intersection!

redngold



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User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

Just got my temps Saturday. Can't wait  Smile/happy/getting dizzy !!!


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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2023 times:
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nope, I didn't require a change of shorts. I just lost it and started laughing hyseterically!

Stretch! Now that's a crazy story!!! I would be worried about going down in the ice! LOL




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User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2023 times:

I drove in my driveway when I was 8 with my Dad.

User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2009 times:

I was 15 years old in October of 2001. It had been about a week since I got my learners permit. I drove around my HS parking lot in my 92 Taurus GL. First time I went on the road was from my house to the local Wal Mart. I was pretty nervous, but now the trip is as routine as riding a bike, especially since I've driven through downtown Chicago (and that can be nerve-wracking).

B4e-Forever New Frontiers


User currently offlineBeefmoney From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1113 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1991 times:

Well, Ive already solo'ed in a Cessna 172 and have my student pilots license, but I still dont have my drivers license. That weird. So, I cant legally drive myself to the airport, but I am legally allowed to fly around metro Phoenix, AZ all by myself at 100 mph and 7,000 ft?

Strange.



User currently offlineGotAirbus From Singapore, joined May 2001, 851 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

Beefmoney

So, I cant legally drive myself to the airport, but I am legally allowed to fly around metro Phoenix, AZ all by myself at 100 mph and 7,000 ft?

Strange.



Funny, I was meaning to ask questions based on that too. Apparently (and notice that), it is more likely for someone to be in a car accident than in a plane...




I was 17 when I got my drivers' license...very freaky transition from "kid-passenger" to "priviledged driver" indeed.

(gotAirbus?)

P.S.: Would that "Matt" person just shut up already??



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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3738 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

My first drive was when I was about 11. It was up the "U" shaped driveway at my Grandpa's house, which we use as a rental now (he died in 1992). My dad rolled out my mom's 1984 Pontiac Fiero (which will be my car), charged the battery up, and I drove with the door open & him telling me what to do, continued down one leg, cut across the front yard, and back down the other leg of the driveway. We never got above 7-8 mph, but it was pretty cool.

My first legal drive is still to come- I just finished Driver's Ed & will get my permit to start in-car training in a few days. I guess I could have had it already, but nobody told me that you didn't have to take the class before you got your permit.

DeltaRules



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