Today I'm joining Mocha With Linda for her new meme Flashback Friday.
This week's flashback: How and when did you learn to drive? Do you have any particular memories associated with getting your driver license? How old were you when you got your first car and what was it? Who paid for it?
I took the driver education class offered through the school. I guess it was the end of my sophomore year, I can't remember for sure. The class portion was held in the mornings before school for a few weeks. Then my driving portion was in the morning the first few weeks of summer vacation. I had never driven before so it was quite an experience. My instructor was a coach, and I remember how nervous I was that I'd do everything wrong. The other two students had plenty of driving experience. I remember at one particular corner in town he wanted me to turn and I pushed on the gas instead of the brake. The coach had to use the brake on his side to slow us down!
One thing I remember is driving home with my Mom the first day on the highway after I got my learner's permit. A police car started following, I was so nervous!
I remember my Dad telling me when to start applying the break going down the hills toward our home.
My parents got me my first car when I was in high school. It was a used grey 1981 Datsun Nissan. I had it through college. I have many memories of that little car, like picking up my cousin for after school snacks, spinning around in the high school parking lot one icy morning (thankfully it was pretty empty at the time!), driving to the grocery store with the little girl I baby sat in college (she got some Little Debbies out of a bag and was going to throw them to the back and I was afraid she was going to get the eggs and throw them next), and going back and forth from home to college.