Do you drive? If not, would you like to learn?

philippine jeepney - Jeepneys in the Philippine used for public transportation
Philippines
April 23, 2007 11:20pm CST
I wanted to learn how to drive since High School. Unfortunately my first driving lesson did not came from a professional driving instructor. I got my first driving tutorial from my older brother. It was a memorable one so I'd like to share it with you. The first time I was taught how to drive, we used or jeepney like the one on the photo. It was really hard to drive coz it's big but we have no other car so I have no choice. So he told me where is the gas, the clutch, how to maneuver the steering wheel, and every important details. When I started the engine and hit on the gas it started moving forward too fast. My brother shouted, "Step on the brakes!" Funny Because he didn't taught me where the brake is! So I was like, where is the brake?! but it was too late, I smashed my neighbor's garden. He never taught me again eversince. How about you? Do you drive? Got an experience you want to share?
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50 responses
• India
24 Apr 07
My dad taight me to drive.. and oh god it was such fun.. i do drive on relative open roads.. but in the city traffic i avoid... but i have made up my mind to learn to drive in the city too...
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
I dont drive in busy streets too..
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@rodeotexas (1154)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I drive and I love it. It's very relaxing and a fun thing to do for me but it's getting expensive now that gas is going up.
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@ithek_15 (286)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
nope,, i dont want to try to drive,, im afraid,,
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• Philippines
24 Apr 07
I was afraid too but then it didn't stop me from doing it. Maybe because I like it so much that I didn't give in. Try it, conquer your fears. Good day!
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@darr195 (110)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I don't drive but am hoping to learn soon. It's awkward being the only driving aged person in my family who doesn't.
@m_5ugar (1013)
• Malaysia
27 Apr 07
ithek, you should try first. driving is not difficult, but, when you drive, you have to think about other drivers and don't drive recklessly :)
@earth2jacq (1503)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
Hahahahaha....I am assuming that you never tried to drive again since that incident :) I drive. I am a girl and I stand only 4'8". My mom was the one who taught me how to drive and you know she taught me outside the car. She was just yelling "clutch! Gas! Brake! Reverse! Forward!". And I did learn. I am driving for 6 years now. Ofcourse I use pillows on my back and on the drivers seat because I am too small for our car (I use my dad's car).
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• Philippines
24 Apr 07
Hehehe! On the contrary, because of this experience with my brother, the more that I was eager to learn how to drive for two reasons. 1. Because the experience was fun and I wanted to do that again and 2. I wanted to prove that I am not a bad driving student, just that my brother doesnt know how to teach a beginner.. aheheh
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• Philippines
24 Apr 07
Goodluck to you :)
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
Thanks for the best response.
@mtoxales (374)
• Canada
24 Apr 07
I do not drive but I have to learn sooner or later. I may enrol in a driving school to get a certificate. When I was in the Philippines, we had a jeepney too. I tried to drive it but I never continued. According to my father, learning to drive the jeepney or a bigger vehicle will give an edge to driving a car because it is harder to drive a something like that. So when you drive a car already, it will seem easier. Thanks for uploading the jeepney image. It is a pride of the Philippines and it made me smile. =)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
You are welcome! Im proud to be Pinay and I ll try to post more pictures that will remind fellow Filipinos about our country. =)Have a nice day! Mabuhay!
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• Philippines
24 Apr 07
Oh, and by the way, I would really appreciate it if you could leave a comment on my uploaded photos. Thanks again!
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@lynboobsy11 (11347)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
No, I don't but I want to learn how to drive. They say if your driving your the boss coz you can controlled the vehicle. We used to have three different kinds of cars before(but not at desame time)but still I can't drive till now. I have so many attempts my cousin used to teach me but I don't know why I'm hard headed or maybe he's not a good teacher. LOL
@_meliska (15)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I was kinda forced into learning how to drive. I had always wanted to, and counted down the days until I could, but when my 16th birthday came around, I didn't even have my learner's permit yet. I had already bought a car - a Red 5-speed 95 Mitsubishi Eclipse, but I had never even sat in the driver's seat. I was in Color Guard (the part of the marching band with the flags and weapons), and practices over the summer were from 8am to 5pm, in the Florida heat, 5 days a week. After practice one day, my dad picked me up in my car, drove to the back of my neighborhood, and knowing full and well that I was exhausted, told me I could either drive home or walk home. That's when I learned how to drive, and I only stalled twice. When we pulled into the driveway, my stepmom was there clapping for me. :o)
• Philippines
25 Apr 07
WOW! I have always dreamt of owning a Mitsubishi Eclipse! That's my dream car! Your so luch you already have a car at a very young age. I wish I could have a car like yours, can I just have it? LOLS!
• United States
25 Apr 07
I got lucky when I bought the car - I was 15.5, and my next door neighbor had it. It was his weekender. Then his wife got pregnant and told him he had to get rid of it so they could buy an SUV, so I got it for $2700. When I moved to Washington 4 years later, I sold my baby, but I sold it for $3500. Now I drive a 2004 Ford Escape and my husband has an 88 Ford Mustang GT, and I can't tell which of the three cars I like better. But when I miss the Eclipse, I steal the Mustang from my husband and drive that for a bit. :o)
• Canada
24 Apr 07
I learned to drive when i was 14 since then I have been driving and can drive jsut about anything with an engine from motorcycle to an 18 wheeler. I was taught by my uncle and my dad so i could move the truck while hunting or fishing and have taught my sons to do the same when they were 14 and they are great drivers now they learned on a stick. I also taught my bro adn sisters to drive as well as my ex and soem friends too.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 07
An 18-wheeler truck? I'm impressed! How considerate of you to teach your brothers, siters, friends and exgf.. =) Was it fun teaching?
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• Canada
24 Apr 07
Teaching was the easiest part getting them to think about what was comming next was the hard part
@sniktaw (11)
24 Apr 07
ive been driving now since i was 16 ( now 19 nearly 20) i never had any lesons at all, my father taught me how to drive and i took the test in my own car, passed my theory first time and practical second time, and i didnt even revise for my theory, just fluky i would say, i gave my girlfriend a go of my car once, just started the car for how told her how to put it into gear and the to slowly release the clutch and apply pressure to the accelarator, i forgot to tell her about the brake, she put her foot flat to the floor and we hit 20mph and she screamed how do i stop (by this time the car was reving flatout in first gear) i shouted at her to take her foot off the pedal and hit the middle pedal, did she listen? no... we hit a curb and then crashed into a skip LOL.. neva mind, i learnt my lesson... dont give my missis a go of my car
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• Philippines
25 Apr 07
Oh and reamember to tell her next time where the brake is.. LOLS!
• United States
24 Apr 07
hahahaha I almost came as close as you to that whole driving thing I am so lucky that my sister never thought me even though that may of been easier I learned how to drive from everyone like my dad and my mom and my older brother and then my driving teacher so when I got my license I was more than ready for the road I was even vefry excited I hope when you do learn to drive it is the most happiest and enjoyable time. Happy Mylotting
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• Philippines
25 Apr 07
Yeah, I am now driving. My boyfriend then which turned out to be my husband now, taught me how to drive. But before he start teaching me I said, "Ok, where's the brake?"
• Sri Lanka
24 Apr 07
When I bought my car I was about 22 and did not know how to drive. My uncle taught me driving in two days. It was so easy. After that I was driving on my own without even a licence, till I could go for the test after about 3 months. I also taught my friends to drive, even many girls. They all learned to drive in two days except one friend who took 10 years. Teaching is also an art. Doesn't your brother know where the hand brake is. There is nothing wrong with you it is his fault. He does not know the basics. Once I allowed a girl in office to drive my car and she was finding it difficult to turn. I just watched to see how she will eventually make it. But the veteran drive of the place came running and putting his hand through the window and turned the steering wheel to help her turn the car. Now you can see the difference between knowing and teaching. That driver can never teach someone.
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• Philippines
25 Apr 07
Thanks for being on my side. That's exactly what I told my brother. Hehehe!
@neerajm (111)
• India
24 Apr 07
Yes i do drive my elder brother taught me driving,at first i was unable to control my car going zigzag due to which i had brush two vehicles and damaged my car,but my brother without utering a single word taught me,now i am driving well and an experience driver.
• Philippines
25 Apr 07
Well, good to you! Keep it up and happy driving!
@amydawn11 (906)
• Canada
24 Apr 07
Thats was funny, good thing it was only a garden that got hurt :) I had only been driving for about 5 months. I was on my way to pick up my sisters friend to take them skating. Her friend at the time had lived out a ways from town so I had to drive a long a not so busy highway. so i am just driving along doing well and all of sudden up ahead there is a deer standing in the middle of the road looking at us, I slammed on the breaks to the floor. We ended up bumping the deer and then he took off and ran into the bush. I was so upset and shaken up i didn't want to drive anymore, my friend insited that I get back in the car and drive. I did drive the rest of the way but I was a little freaked out. we checked the car when we got home and there were a few deer hairs stuck in the headlight. i felt bad for the deer.
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• Philippines
25 Apr 07
I feel bad for the deer too. But dont feel guilty, you did not mean to hurt the poor deer. Accidents happen the least we expect it. Hey, dont give up driving, I didn't. Just be extra, extra careful next time.
@worthy (2415)
• India
24 Apr 07
I am also learning how to drive from my mother.In fact I can not get the driving license right now 'cause I have to be 18 to get it.But my mother thought it would be better if I start learning now so that I can get a license immediately after I reach eighteen. Oh I love it already.But I am not yet perfect in parking.I have to practice reverse gear more.
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• Philippines
25 Apr 07
I like your mom! She's coooolll.
@missy30 (129)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
i want to learn how, but i can't get driving license yet and i still don't know how. i was allowed to drive our car only in the village, my cousin taught me how, but only the basics, and i don't do the turnings because there's a pond and children are walking alongside, we're all afraid to make wrong moves so i only drive straight. and the car engine always shut. i'm not yet used to stepping on the clutch, brake and gas. and i still don't how to use primera, segunda, tiertiera, and the like.
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• Philippines
25 Apr 07
Yeah, I agree, learning adjusting the gears are kinda hard at first. But di not give up, you'll get the hang of it. Just keep on practicing. After all, practice makes perfect, right?
@magikrose (5425)
• United States
24 Apr 07
When I was 17 my parents put me through a driving class. The thing was I needed a few hours of actual driving so my mom tried to take me out. She got very nervous which made me nervous. I didnt hit anything but when we got home she told my step father that she is NEVER taking me driving again she gets too nervous and told him that he has to do it from now on. My mother never took my sister out. After she took me for my driving lesson she decided it was too much for her to handle that she wouldent even try with my sister at all. The day I got my iisence my boyfriend at the time was waiting at the house for me. When I got home he asked me to show him and when I did he handed me the kees to his car and we went for a ride.
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• Philippines
25 Apr 07
That's what we call confidence! Go girl!
• India
24 Apr 07
I haven't yet tried to get behind the wheel of the car. But, i would love to do it. I have also wanted to learn to drive a car. Well, your first experience sounds very interesting. So, what did your neighbours do after you did this to their garden. I hope that they were supprtive.
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
Yes they were supportive.. after I have rearranged their garden, I wasnt sent to jail.. heheh
• Indonesia
24 Apr 07
well yes i've learn how to drive .it was 2years ago ! and my x bf was the teacher .. he was quite good teacher for me / i've learn well enough. i drive the car along the bypass road. i didnt have lesson.. i just drive on . and he was pretty worried that i will hit other people car..i wasnt like u :-p . i knw where the brake is. heheh/ it was fun though ! but it was very hard to learn how to park the car :-( didnt realise i park the car was very close to the drain, hehe. was it nice experience ?
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• Philippines
24 Apr 07
Good you know where the brakes are! Lesson learned: always look for the brake and test if it is working.
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
hahaha... that is a funny one.. how ironic he never taught you about the break. Well yeah, I also love to learn how to drive but no one is available to teach me and getting a professional driving lesson is expensive too. We only have an owner and it don't have wheel that is easy to use (they call it steering wheel). Lot of people say that when learning how to drive its best to use vehicle that don't have a steering wheel cause it can let you settle for a better one sooner.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 07
Yeah of the things there is to be taught to a beginner, that is where the brake is.
@Corezz (1017)
• Netherlands Antilles
24 Apr 07
I'm just 16-teen yaers old, and in my country driveing is legal when you have 18. Of course i would like to learn how to drive. My dad let me he's keys one day, I started the car... but nothing was happening so I put it in gear 2 and then step real hard on the acceleration.The car just suddenly burst so i quiqly step on the brake with my both feet.It was a teriible moment my mom and uncle where near the car, but thank God they didn't have anything.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 07
Exciting and funny experience!