So i drove a car for the first time, what was yours like?

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  1. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    Hi all

    tonight i drove a car for the first time. I am 22 and have eye disease which prevents me from every getting a drivers license. It was 7:30 and we were just leaving mum and dads and i ask my brother if i could drive. ( we live like 200 meters up the road)

    So he parked it on the road for me i get in, put it in gear stall it, started the car nearly stalled it but was on my way up to my house, driving in first gear i was like OMG i am driving. i wasn't game to drive in to the drive way so i parked on the side of the road for so my brother could drive in

    What was your first experience like driving / learning to drive? who's car did you use?
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    It was terrifying! 10mph felt like speeding, and changing gear seemed like an impossible task. Then when it was suggested changing gear while going round a round about, well, that was just crazy talk! :p

    I went on to pass my test first time though, despite curbing the wheels as I pulled up outside the exam place at the very end :D
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    i didnt know the accelerator was so sensitive so heads went flying back and i didnt know the steering wheel span back when turned bahaha.
  4. toolbox thread starter macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    i was also worried too, my brothers car is a V8 and has some power. I did about 5 km all the way home but still i had a go at it and it was great. I intend to keep doing it too when possible
  5. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    Very first? I think it was my dads 1967 Chevy II Nova SS.

    He was feeling generous. I was 15. I was terrified I was going to cause it harm. We drove around the parking lot of my old elementary school on a weekend when no one was around. It was great. Then I learned on my mom's PT Cruiser for my driving exams. I got my license at just over 19. :eek: My 1st car was and is, my 1992 Toyota Corolla.

    Thing is damn tank! :)
  6. theITGuy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2009
    chasing the ghost in the machine
    A high school friend's toyota tercel...i was unlicensed at the was a terrifying and super exciting experience :D



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  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I didn't realise that you just pressed the accelerator down and held it. I thought you had to keep pressing down further and further, or pump it or something. :p

    My dad was upset. I was going around 90 km/h in a 40 km/h zone. :eek:
  8. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Congrats on experiencing driving!

    I was petrified. It felt like there was so much to do and check before I could actually start moving/stall :)

    Steering in a straight line and changing gear at the same time did not come naturally to me ;)

    Amazing how it all becomes second nature.
  9. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    My first lesson was good. In a 1.4l diesel Fiesta.
    Spent 10 minutes explaining the controls to the instructor, 5 minutes practising moving off and stopping. Then 1 3/4 hours driving round tight and twisty country lanes at national speed limit speeds.

    Second 'lesson' was in our 2.0l Alfa Romeo.

    Simple. Nothing scary about it.

    Of course I failed the test because the examiner was a bastard.
  10. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Well, so far, my brother, cousins, and family let me back up/park in the driveway, parking lots, stuff like that. Not actually drive though.

    I'm 15. I think I first sat in the driver seat of a car with the car in my control when I was 12.
  11. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2006
    In the Depths of the SLC!
    I remember the first time I did. I didn't know the gas pedal was so sensitive and I had to keep holding it down. I pressed down on it and the car started moving rather quickly and kept going. I thought there would be a lot more friction involved. My first car was a rather slow car so I was used to that. When I got my first real car, it was a V8 powered Aurora, that thing was so fast and smooth - it was so nice!

    It's cool how it all becomes second nature. Like said above.
  12. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    Oh, so scary!

    I just knew I was ready to drive, got my permit the first day I legally could, and my mom took me to an empty truck parking lot in our family car, which looked like this:
    Chevy Caprice Classic, longest car made that year.

    So I put the car in drive, take my foot off the gas, and :eek: I'm coasting through this enormous space, my hands squeezing the life out of the steering wheel, my leg lifted over the gas pedal, but not touching it, and feeling completely out of control, like I'm speeding down the Mass Pike. I was in that position for so long that my leg started shaking (still not touching the gas, just hanging mid-air), and my mom had to remind me that it was okay to give it some gas. :p

    She reminded me of that scene the other day, as I was driving on a rotary, eating an ice cream cone, and adjusting the radio.

    I've become a very good driver and I love to drive, but I'll never forget how scary that was.

    Now, ask me about the first time I had to drive stick through the streets of Boston...
  13. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Everyone who fail says that. :p
  14. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Well, I failed for "Appearing not to use mirrors when exiting a roundabout".

    How would you take that?
  15. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    1st time I drove a car was my parents Citroen BX estate. Big old barge with a virtually un-stallable diesel engine. Don't remember being at all worried about it at all. Very forgiving to poor clutch control :D Then a couple of days later I had my first proper lesson with a real instructor. Once I'd demonstrated I could get the thing moving, change gear OK and generally not crash he instructed me onto a dual carriageway and told me to "boot it" :p
  16. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I was so nervous. I don't know how my dad survived teaching me.
  17. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    that what it was like for me. The accelerator and the break were pretty senstive at first to me so everyone would heads would go back and forth as I hit the brakes or hit the accelerator.

    First car I drove was my dad crystal convertible (POS). I remember the first time I took it out of the neighborhood so I was going up to speeds of 45mph I was completely freaked out and my hands were sweating like no tomorrow.
  18. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I just hopped in and started driving and went to 40 right away. This was in desert flat lands when I was 8 or 9. I also drove a quad and started jumping within a half hour at around the same age.

    After that it was not until drivers ed at 15 in which case I immediately had to keep myself from speeding. I was raring to go:D

    But I grew up with RC Cars, power wheels, Go Karts at the mini golf course, countless hours in sit down racing arcades and car racing games on consoles.

    For me it was not nervousness. More like its about f***ing time I've been preparing for this since I was 3. I passed my written test and driving test easily.
  19. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    When I was about 5 or 6 my dad let me sit on his lap and turn the wheel while he worked the pedals/shift on a 2cv not unlike this one:
    [​IMG] :D

    The first car I truly drove, however, was an '04ish Honda Accord with a manual transmission. Took me a while to be able to start it consistently without stalling or peeling out...but I figured it out and now look forward to a spirited drive with some heel-and-toe action. :)
  20. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    I remember my first time, god awful lol.

    I was 14, my dad let me turn it around (I had already been learning to drive for a bit but hadn't actually driven yet) and well I put it in the wrong gear and drove into the wall, screwed up the front of my dad's Range :(
  21. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    My first time was in a Peugeot 205 Diesel, in a layby near Romsey in Hampshire before pulling out onto a 60mph A road. Agree about the changing gear thing, which seemed impossibly difficult at the time.

    Long time ago now though :)
  22. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    I've only ever drove around empty, derelict old industrial estates (only getting to 3rd gear). It was alright I guess. Not much interested in cars or any side effects of driving other than getting from A to B.
  23. justinhasnohops macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2009
  24. war eagle macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    1995 Acura Legend. Drove it half a mile to my house. Almost ran off the road a few times because I didnt turn the wheel far enough when turning.

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