DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16 Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2389 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.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2345 times:
Ahhh, I can remember the first time I ...drove...yea, drove... quite well. 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.
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2336 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.
Mirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2333 times:
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,
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
, 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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AWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2272 times:
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..... :-]
Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2251 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
But I do drive like one with license so no worries
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2180 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.
Stretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2136 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.
Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2073 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!
Boeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2030 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).
Beefmoney From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1116 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2012 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?
DeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3774 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1922 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.