Where did you learn how to drive?

They say that it is better to learn to ride a motorcycle in a class than be self taught, probably why they incentivize the class that way.

My state will only allow you to get a motorcycle license if you take the class, no more self taught unless you already have it or are transferring it from another state.

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I had a dirt bike since I was about 13. Learned to ride that myself & how to shift.
I took Drivers Ed in school. When I got my permit, I practiced a lot. Always had stick shift, so I found very steep streets and kept at it until I was good at stop/starting without slipping the clutch.
I’ve never been without a working vehicle since I was 15.

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I learned to drive on the practice range, just outside the pro shop.

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Mostly

music video race GIF

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Learned first driving a logging truck in the woods loaded with paper wood. Had my
farmer’s license at 15. No one really taught me. Driving the vehicles on the farm
was my teacher.

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Dad taught me to drive automatic in the parking lot of a middle school. Friend (now husband) taught me to drive stick on a road trip across 3 states.

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Is Mario Kart a valid response? Asking for a friend.

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in a 91 Buick Lesabre my grandfather sold me. the car constantly broke down. the conditions taught me a thing or two. ultimately this car was crushed by a large 100+ year old maple tree when i parked under it. some bad memories and luck on that one.

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The first thing I drove was a John Deere model M. The first motor vehicle was a Ford pickup. Learned to shift, double clutch, etc. on a 120 acre field. I was 11? Grandfather was cool.

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I was in something called “Independent Living” in the state foster care system, where you are basically your own foster parent, so I had no one to help me practice and had to get a judge to grant me special permission to get a license since most foster kids aren’t allowed to drive due to liability issues and the state possibly being sued if I had caused an accident. I think my driver’s ed teacher knew my situation and gave me a courtesy pass. He helped me out a lot with that kindness. It made a really hard living situation a bit easier.

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Family of truckers. D’you really need to have me elaborate?

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Everyone should be required to learn on a 3 on the tree pickup and you don’t graduate until you can start up at a stoplight on a hill without stalling. Parallel parking for extra credit.

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I ask people that ALL the time. Except it’s more like “ WHERE THE F#@$ DID YOU LEARN TO DRIVE”?!! :neutral_face:

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I did learn to drive stick in San Francisco, does that count for anything?

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I never did the driver’s ed classes or anything like that… my HS friends took me out driving. Then when I was 17 my buddy and I drove his 1986 Suburban over to the DMV and I took the tests and got my license. The first car I bought after that was a 1972 Mercury Marquis Brougham… it was a tank. Got it for $300 from an older couple that lived down the street. Good times.

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1994 Ford Aspire
My dad bought it from a junk yard, previous owner had a bad accident, the driver and passenger seats were blood soaked. My uncle owned a repair shop, so they rebuilt the front end, new seats and repainted with the Ford ‘green’.
It was a 4 gear manual, and an excellent car for a new driver who is just learning how to drive a stick shift.

I Loved This Car! Named it Slimer-Mobile.
I wish I still had it :smiling_face_with_tear:

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Dad and I used to go for car rides on Sundays sometimes. I was about 14 and we were driving towards Weatherford on Highway 80. He pulled off to the side of the road and said I could drive. Uhm, ok.

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Hey… these days, a stick shift is just called an anti-theft device! :cowboy_hat_face:

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The hills of Seattle with my parents 64 Rambler Classic station wagon. Best visibility of any vehicle I’ve ever driven. Not to mention a V8 engine that was fun on the freeway, no problem getting that up to speed in a hurry. Drivers ed car was a Buick sedan that was bigger than the Rambler (kind of boring). Learned to drive a manual when I met my husband who did not like automatic transmissions and promised me we’d get a car with an automatic eventually. 40 plus years later, the cars are still manual transmissions, and I will probably have to wait until one of them dies before I get that automatic.

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