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Drivers Ed ~ when did you take it?

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by jnbama, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. jnbama

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    How did you learn to drive ? Ol' Dad started me by sitting in his lap in a 67 Impala wagon, then at 14 yrs old a 73 Impala driving a short distance to church. At 16 learned to shift gears on Big Red a med. duty Dodge truck , learned to float gears by watching and myself when Dad didn't hide the keys while out of town.
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    I used to plow snow with my uncle, at 2, in a 78 Dodge Warlock. Much later, I started working at a wrecker service, and cut my teeth on that fleet.
    I actually got scolded for driving the wrecker to driver's ed. I held up my radio and said, "but I'm on call!" The instructor slept alot when I drove...
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    Well I always had a 4wheeler or go-cart to drive but driver ed, I bet I am the only one that got in a wreck in the driver ed's car :gasp: but it wasnt my fault, I promise!!!
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  4. jnbama

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    My drivers ed way back when a girl drove into ditch , but have done my share of smashing stuff up over the years
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    I first started around 14 in my mom's 2004 Volvo wagon in a big parking lot, then I took driver's ed in a Ford Focus hatchback (not a bad little car) a few years later.
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  6. ChevyFan

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    took driver's ed back in the spring of 1990's. I was actually injured in a sports accident before I could get my license, but I got it in the fall of 1990.
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  7. jnbama

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    You must be a good driver, a driver trainer at a trucking company told me I would never make a truck driver. Twenty years later have been all over the U.S and Canada in snow, ice, tornados and dust storms and driven just about everything from new Peterbilts to old R Model Macks with holes in the floor
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    I got kicked out of drivers Ed for smoking pot behind the smoker pit bleachers while waiting for the instructor to drive the course with another group of kids (what can I say it was the 70's everyone was doing it).
    I didnt get my license until I was 17 and in the Navy. The Ca. DMV said since I was an emancipated minor they would allow me to get a drivers license if I showed up to the DMV in full dress uniform with my Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief, when I got there with everyone in tow and started waiting in line they told me they were kidding about the uniform, C.O., and C.M.C., so my C.O. chewed me out in the middle of DMV for wasting his time, the License Examiner felt so bad about getting me chewed out he moved us to the head of the line and didnt make me take the written or driving test.
    As we were walking out of the DMV my C.O. turned to me and said chewing people out in the middle of a crowd like that always guarantees you head of the line privledges but thats the first time I ever saw them waive the test for it too.
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  9. KidHauler

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    ^^^ "Navy invades local DMV. Film at eleven!"
    Ah, which of you drove to the office?
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  10. tbplus10

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    Why I did of course in a Goverment vehicle since I was the lowest ranking.
    But I'm sure the statue of limitations has run out on that by now, at least I hope it has.
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    took it back in 04, the vehicle for drivers ed was a trailblazer
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  12. jnbama

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    A few years ago was hauling lumber on a winding two lane up in TN. and came up on a slow moving vehicle. Was trying my best not be right up on them, but they kept getting slower and slower. Two boys in back seat turned around waving and put up a Student Driver sign in the back window, they finally pulled off and the poor kid driving was sitting straight up, eyes forward with a white knucle grip on the steering wheel.
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  13. NCN8ive

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    I took drivers' ed in spring of 1983. The first car we drove for it was a 1983 Pontiac Firebird. I think it was a demo from one of the local dealerships. Ended up finishing in a Chrysler K car. Of course I had to wait another 4 months before I could even get my limited permit.
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  14. marko54

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    Never took formal driver training. I guess i'm revealing my age. I grew up when Muscle cars were on their way out due to gas shortages. my father drove a chrysler newport with a 440 motor. when the odd/even days of gas purchasing due to mile long lines at the gas pump started, he came home with a brand new Toyota Celica GT 5spd. He drove 60 miles a day and neeed a 25-30mpg. car. this was in 1973 when i was 16 and he taught me how to drive in it with the standard shift. I took my road test in it. The motor vehicle tester looked at the stick and asked" are you sure you want to take a road test on a stick?" needles to say i passed easily.
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  15. adampaul1964

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    I took driver's ed classes in the evenings in a back room in the local Montgomery Ward's store at the mall, driving a Ford Pinto for the road part of the class. I guess that shows my age! Driver training is really lacking in this country, I never drove in England but I remember my brother did, and he had to take his driver test in a stick, automatics were not allowed, he had to do a hill start without rolling back or automatic fail, any missed shifts or stalls or jerky starts automatic fail, 3 point turn, parallel park etc. My daughter took her drivers test at the high school, didn't even have to learn to parallel park and she has no idea what a 3 point turn is. The idea of car control has disappeared, hell, the cars control you now!
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    When I took it I didnt have to learn to parallel park but I did have to learn the 3 point turn, but cars these days like the ford focus, push a bottom, car parallel parks itself, cool technology but sometime later people wont know how to drive a car without the car doing it for them
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  17. jnbama

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    We had a 73 Impala, dad had four 5gal. gas cans filled and hid in the garage
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    My drivers Ed was back in "69"
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    I did stupid stuff as a kid but at least had some common sense , some people out there have no idea what they are doing including truck drivers
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  20. marko54

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    Unfortunately i have to agree with you. I have 27 years Experience driving Semi-trucks and 16 with my present LTL carrier. i am on the road daily and see some truckers doing crap thats beyond belief. makes me wonder who they bribed to get a CDL license
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