How old were you when you started driving, and who taught you?
I started driving when I was 13 years old when we lived in Orange, Texas and I was in the eighth grade. My dad was my teacher…and he was not famous for being the greatest driver in the world! We had a 1952 model Dodge, which was one of the first Dodges with an automatic transmission. Up until 1952, you had to shift through the first two gears using the clutch with your left foot, and then the third gear was your running gear.
The next year, Dad bought a 1953 model, which was Dodge’s first V-8 which also had an automatic transmission. You would put your gearshift in the drive position, then accelerate to about 30 mph, then let up on the accelerator and the transmission would go ‘click’ and automatically shift into high gear, or your running gear. (By the way, the reason we had a 1953 model so soon was because Daddy had wrecked the ’52 on the way to preach in a gospel meeting at Kirbyville, Texas. A cow stepped out on the highway and, when he swerved to miss her, he hit a tree and even turned over a couple of times… Oh, and by the way, he caught a ride on in to Kirbyville and still preached that night!)
So….I really had a great teacher! And Uncle Bubba taught me how to drive a standard gearshift in his 1950 model 6 cylinder Ford pickup.
That’s why I’m so versatile, and such a good driver!….in spite of what your mother says! :))