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Who here has survived the Learner's Permit driving experience?

I went driving with my kid for the first time yesterday. I think the passenger side floor will need reinforcement, or a placebo brake pedal. I think a beer before and after would calm my nerves. The hair dye is self-explanatory.
I've only learned to take the permit, but never had to teach how to drive.
My Mom taught me......

Behind the wheel, the '55 Olds seemed a lot bigger.
Gas and brake action were much more sensitive than what I expected, and the car felt "floaty".
Then going out onto the street I had a tendency to oversteer.
We went to a supermarket parking lot and did some simple aiming tests using parking lines, etc., and how to use the brakes smoothly.

Then we went out in the country......

Actually it went OK except one time I almost went off the road shoulder... <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/scream.gif" alt="Scream" title="scream" />
Quote:I've only learned to take the permit, but never had to teach how to drive.
My Mom taught me......

Behind the wheel, the '55 Olds seemed a lot bigger.
Gas and brake action were much more sensitive than what I expected, and the car felt "floaty".
Then going out onto the street I had a tendency to oversteer.
We went to a supermarket parking lot and did some simple aiming tests using parking lines, etc., and how to use the brakes smoothly.

Then we went out in the country......

Actually it went OK except one time I almost went off the road shoulder... Scream

you mean where those deep ditches in the country are located? <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/rofl.gif" alt="Rofl" title="rofl" />

my then boyfriend taught me how to drive his 3 speed on the column '56 Ford F100 pickup... didn't take me too long to get into the groove and ready for my '69 VW Transporter... lol that had four speeds I think but the big one-the reverse-didn't work-oh how we girls would love to ditch school and cruise a hard 55 up to Santa Barbara for thrift store shopping-took us all morning to get there. I bought it for $300 from my dad. :)
Then I wonder if there's a male/female aspect to learning driving???

I remember when we were driving from Minnesota to Oregon.
I had to do stints at the steering wheel.
Naturally, I wanted to drive one-handed, but Mom kept ordering me to keep both hands on the wheel. So I got pissed and drove the next hundred miles with both arms locked straight onto the steering wheel.

From what I've seen, women tend to drive white-knuckled and leaning far forward, as if they're near-sighted or have stereoscopic vision issues......and they frequently go for the car when they get self-destructive urges. It may be necessary to delay issuing driving permits for women until they are 18.

I, on the other hand, drive as if everything I see is a potential threat.
Gard,
We were living in Carpinteria the year Disneyland opened. We lived right on the beach.
My Mom and a lady whose family had once been the holders of the original Spanish land grant for that whole Santa Barbara area were the den Mothers of our Cub scount troop.
I'll bet you know about Carpinteria!
Quote:Gard,
We were living in Carpinteria the year Disneyland opened. We lived right on the beach.
My Mom and a lady whose family had once been the holders of the original Spanish land grant for that whole Santa Barbara area were the den Mothers of our Cub scount troop.
I'll bet you know about Carpinteria!

It must have been paradise back then. Actually I have a friend whose parents both were raised at Carp... she posted some great pics of her mom as a young teen there (early 50s) on her facebook and it was so nice. "Safest Beach in the World"... that's near the beaches I inhabited in my 20s... the storms of 1969 changed a lot about a lot of things in coastal California-I used to be familiar with the great land holders back then... it's all slipping out of my mindset quickly though... The back road from Carp to Lake Casitas was one I used to be able to do in my sleep... hahahahah
I am going through the same thing except I haven't gotten up the nerve to get in the car with my son driving yet Scream