How old were you when you learnt to drive?

potatoarms

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Hello :)

How old were you when you learnt how to drive?

Also - on the subject of learning to drive, do you have any funny/silly stories about little mishaps you had, like bodged up car manouvers :D?

It took me ages to be able to park in the garage :eek: without scraping the side mirror :D

Take care
Potatoarms
 

sushi

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potatoarms said:
Hello :)

How old were you when you learnt how to drive?

Also - on the subject of learning to drive, do you have any funny/silly stories about little mishaps you had, like bodged up car manouvers :D?

It took me ages to be able to park in the garage :eek: without scraping the side mirror :D

Take care
Potatoarms
Driving at 10. License at 14 (Farm permit & Learner's/School Permit)

Real License at 16.

Pilot at 17. :D

Oh and at 15, I almost rolled a tandem dual truck full of grain when it started to get away from me on a gravel road. But I managed to get it under control ... luckily.
 

Kobushi

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Right behind you.
I was 8 and started driving stick on my own little grocery excursions when I was 11 (I looked older). Funny thing was, it was my mom's own laziness that she would ask me to run to the store.

I became legal at 15, despite getting into a fender-bender on the way home from the DMV. It wasn't my fault, I swear! Some guy backed into me.
 

iBlue

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well i drove my parents crazy from birth, but that's another story :p


i learned to drive at 14, got a permit at 15; i got a license at 16.
 

devilot

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Just as the law permits here: driving permit age 15, license obtained age 16. Learned stick at age 18.
 

mpw

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Off road from ~10yrs. On road and legal from 17yrs (that's the youngest you can here).
As for 'funny' stories try post 4 here
 

jelloshotsrule

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i got my license when i was 16. it was interesting because, having a very late birthday for my grade (october- i was 17 graduating high school), i was still on schedule with most of the people in my school as in NJ the license age is 17, but i was getting my license in PA because my dad was in the army and had residency there.

i've only been in one accident that involved another person (had a few spin outs) and it didn't really cause damage to their car, and not enough to mine to warrant an insurance claim..

one speeding ticket (which was kind of a joke anyways...) not too horrible (8 years later)
 

rickvanr

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I started driving at 16, in Canada it gets broke down as follows;

• G1 at 16 (allowed to drive with a person who's had their G for at least four years)

• G2 at 17 (allowed to drive by yourself, but have to have zero blood alcohol and are responsible for people wearing seat belts)

• G at 18 (full license)
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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Learned to drive when I was about 11 (legal age in Norway is 18, but you can have lessons from the age of 17). Got my licence when I was 28 (just didn't need it before that... :)).
 

Lacero

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I was 5 when I started driving.

It started with me steering the car while sitting on my dad's lap. We would get onto a soccer field and he would coach me on how to drive between the goal posts. Police pulled us over after neighbors' saw what we were doing. We didn't get a citation, thank goodness.

I actually drove the family in a van from Vancouver to Edmonton when I was 12. My sister was freaking out the whole time! hehe. I got my license when I was 16.

 

grapes911

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I got my learners permit in my B-day when I turned 16. It was the earliest the law would allow. That day, my dad told me I could drive. He said he would be right back. 15 minutes later he called me outside and said "let's go". My dad is a landscaper. He attached his 16 foot trailer to the pickup. He attached the 7 foot snowplow to the front. He said if I can drive this, I can drive anything. So here I am driving for the first time and my vehicle had to be 40+ foot long and 7 foot wide. I live in a small down with not the widest of roads. It wasn't the pleasant experince. I was afraid I was going to hit everything. It worked I guess though. I got my full license just 2 weeks later.
 

haiggy

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I was 12 or 13... I remember touching the pedals and feeling like I was going so fast... and learned very quickly how sensitive they were. That gave me a shock.

I got my license on my 16th birthday (G1) and took driver training... and now I'm going to go for my G2 road test in 8 days! Can't wait!
 

pknz

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Im learning to drive now ( well not right now). Im 16, mishaps none worth mentioning so far. Ill let you know if somethig comes up.
 

dcv

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17 and not actually driven all that much since then :eek:

I've probably done more driving in Denmark than in the UK (worked in Copenhagen for a little while a few years ago)!
 

iGav

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Mar 9, 2002
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13, Vauxhall Carlton 2.0 GL, manual transmission, Southport Beach. ;)

Legally started to learn to drive on my 17th birthday, passed first time about 2 weeks later.

I take my driving very, very seriously. ;) :D
 

bousozoku

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In the driver's seat as early as 1, but started learning at 7. Taught my mum how to use a manual transmission at 10 when she had to have a VW Beetle convertible.

Because of age restrictions, I took driver's education when I was already 16. After I took the wheel during my first instruction, my instructor asked "You've been driving before this, haven't you?" :D
 

joepunk

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Aug 5, 2004
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Permit at age 15

License at age 16

Still don't really know how to drive a stick :eek:

Started out by holding the steering wheel for my mother on our street.
 

goodwill

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Jan 8, 2004
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im surprised there hasn't been a spelling nazi up on this thread yet. haha.

nonetheless. i learned at 15 and could officially get my license at 16. i can still recall all the nights i snuck out and took my parent's car over to girls houses before i actually had that license. the glory days.
 

iSaint

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goodwill said:
im surprised there hasn't been a spelling nazi up on this thread yet. haha.
Here I am!!!

Well, I was going to provide a link to Merriam-Webster dictionary. "Learned" would be the proper term instead of learnt. However, the dictionary states that "learnt" is a "chiefly British past and participle of learn".

link

I learned to drive at age 15.
 

ITASOR

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In NY, it's 16 for permit, so that's when I got it. I can drive with anyone over 21 who's a licensed driver, so it's not that bad at all. I drive a lot, whenever we go anywhere. I don't think it's fun necessarily, but now when I'm not driving, it bothers me that I can't control anything about the other driver...I guess I mean I feel "safer?" if I'm driving which probably isn't true...but hey!

Before that...maybe 10-14, I did off road Jeeping (normal jeep...just off road...) in my grandpa's field/woods whenever we went there. Only got stuck once! :D Man I love jeeps...
 

JupiterTwo

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Mar 29, 2003
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17 for the car like most of the UK peeps here - and then 29 when I passed my full bike license last autumn. Both first time too :p :p
 
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