Throwback Thursday –# 1 Learning to Drive

Maggie and Lauren are the hosts of this new prompt

Welcome to the first edition of the Throwback Thursday Memory BlogHop where we take on a nostalgic object, event, or memory and blog about it.

Every Thursday, I will alternate hosting with Lauren from LSS Attitude of Gratitude. We will post a blog with the title Throwback Thursday  – subject of the week. (This week the subject is Learning to Drive.)

How to Participate:

It could even be a story about a parent or a sibling or someone else who figured prominently. Poems are welcome, too. You can use the photo above in your post and tag it with #TBTMemory or #IRememberWhen to make it easier for others to find.

Today’s subject: Learning to Drive

Who taught you? Did you take drivers training? What kind of car did you drive? Were you nervous? Did you hit anything? Did you pass your driver’s test the first time? What was the weather like


I got my first lesson in driving at the age of 18 from my elder brother. He is two years my senior, and considered himself an expert as he had been driving for 3-4 years at that point. As older brothers are, he was bossy, short tempered and dominating. This arrangement didn’t last long and I refused to have any more lessons from him.

Fast forward three years, I was in med school and my father told me that we can go driving, provided I get up early in the morning for my lesson. He was a great teacher. Patient and calm. But I was very busy with my studies and couldn’t pursue it with any regularity.

My next attempt at learning to drive was when my kids started school. We had a driver but sometimes it fell to me to pick and drop them. I enrolled in a driving school and took a course for 15 days. The instructor told me that my driving was fine but I needed confidence. She told me to drive everyday so that I gain confidence.

After this I got my license to drive. Things at that time were pretty simple in my country. Just a driving test and some oral questions.

Now I drive occasionally. I can’t claim to be a as very good driver, but I manage pretty well. I think learning to drive should be a mandatory skill thought to everyone.

That’s my story. How was it for you?




41 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday –# 1 Learning to Drive

  1. Sadje, it is so nice to have you participate. I am finding it interesting that so many people had to start and stop their pursuit of a drivers license. My license also came after I already had children.

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    1. Thanks Maggie, I loved revisiting the past. I think girls, specially, who learn as teenagers are really great drivers. Boys tend to be reckless mostly. And perhaps this is the reason that many women took longer to learn to drive.

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      1. Er, I got my driving license at 16 and I was a horrible driver. I’d never practiced before hand, so I could barely steer the vehicle in Driver’s Ed. The first time on an actual road, they put me in a big Ford Wagoneer type thing (think 70s version of SUV). I almost ran us into a ditch. After that I got sub compact or compact cars to learn on and I passed the test first time out. But. I did not have the proper respect nor training to be a competent driver. That took me years. Now I’d say I’m a fair if largely cautious driver. I don’t drive at night if I can avoid it (I can’t see well enough any more and it’s dangerous), and if my eyes continue to get worse, I’m sure I won’t be driving period. To me? That will be a very very depressing and sad day, because driving is one of my treats for myself.

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  2. I learned to drive when I was a teenager but didn’t get my license because “life” got in the way. When I got older, I took some lessons but never really felt…safe, I guess. I seem to be an oddity because almost everyone I know drives.

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  3. I learned how to drive when my kids were little because it was a necessity. My husband taught me as I told him I would not learn from a driving school. We fought because he shouted at me because of frustration. He consoled me after I told him I don’t want to learn anymore.😁 That was sixteen years ago and I’m still driving.

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  4. I do not know how to drive! My father tried to teach me 20 years ago but he gave up. My driver tried to teach me 8 years ago and I gave up. Having uber and grab definitely did not help. Lol

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    1. Though I believe everyone should know how to drive, Uber and similar services have made things better for those who don’t drive or own a vehicle.


  5. You didn’t give up and kept trying… it can be a bit daunting thinking you are in charge of thousands of pounds of propelled metal. And an accident can literally happen in the blink of an eye.

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