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(AutoBlog)   Notes from drivers education class in 1969   ( divider line
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2013-04-04 07:54:12 AM  
3 votes:

Best way to remember a four stroke is it is the same as the end of a good date: suck, squeeze, explode, spit
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-04-04 08:54:55 AM  
2 votes:
These notes are too neat, and they're colored-in. Who colors their notes?

The note-taker was a teenage girl.
2013-04-04 08:58:45 AM  
1 vote:
Grew up on a farm, learned to drive tractors around 8, trucks at 11 - when I was finally big enough push in the clutch and see over the steering wheel simultaneously.  2Ton farm trucks which, back in the 60s, had no power steering or brakes, a steering wheel about 2 feet in diameter with a suicide knob for assistance.  Turn signals were optional equipment.  The first time I ever drove an automatic was when, at age 14, my Grandfather took me to the State Police post in the county seat for a road test with one of the officers.  Mr. Officer commented that my left foot seemed to be looking for something to do and I allowed as how I had never driven an automatic before.  We drove around the town a bit and he figured out that I knew all the driving laws (which were in a pamphlet I had been given by Granddad about a week before my test); then we stopped at the local barbershop where he asked one of the guys there if we could borrow his pickup.  We took another lap around town in a vehicle that I was completely at ease driving, Mr. Officer figured out I knew how to handle a vehicle, we went back to the barbershop and swapped for Granddad's car, drove back to the cop shop and got me a brand new shiny cardboard license with no photo (they hadn't yet been made part of the license in that state) and I got to drive Granddad back out to the farm.  I doubt kids would get by so easily today.  On the other hand, we still had to learn hand signals for turning and stopping.  Yeah - drivers were just as remiss using them as they are using turn signals these days.
2013-04-04 08:35:45 AM  
1 vote:

Dr.Mxyzptlk.: 5. A squirrel is life isn't worth more than your life or the driver (women & kids) behind you. No swerving or panic braking for rodents.

One of my female friends in high school wrapped her car around a tree when she tried to avoid hitting a cat on a rainy day.  She was going the speed limit, 50MPH, a cat darted out in front of her and she panicked.  Wrapped her Camry around a huge eucalyptus, she broke a ton of bones, was black and blue for months.  Ended her swimming career, she was damn fast too.  All for a cat.
2013-04-04 08:08:21 AM  
1 vote:
I'm calling shenanigans. These notes are too neat, and they're colored-in. Who colors their notes?
2013-04-04 04:52:39 AM  
1 vote:
They still teach driver's ed? I thought they just handed out licenses with facebook accounts.

FTFA: Paula admits that kids today have got a tougher task ahead of them than did her generation. "When we were kids, we didn't have the distraction of texting and cell phones."

Uh, no - back then we knew better than to text and drive. Not that we could text, but we also knew knew better anyway.

Cars are actually much easier to drive. Power steering is standard and has been for a long time. Can you even get a new car without power steering? Mirrors on both sides of the car are also standard. Way back when, they only had them on the drivers side.

And as far as getting into an accident, which would you rather be in? A 2013 Whatevermobile or a 1975 Bargemobile or a 1950 Yachtmobile?

Seatbelts used to be unheard of and then they were an option. Safety glass didn't exist in the old days. You'll still get hurt if your head goes through the windshield on a modern car, but without safety glass you can pretty much guarantee that you'll die just from the cuts to your neck.
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