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View Poll Results: How did you learn to drive and get your driving licence?
By sneaking out alone to drive our car 13 19.12%
I was taught to drive by a friend / family member 29 42.65%
I learnt to drive with a local driving school 31 45.59%
Read a driver training manual 4 5.88%
I never appeared for a driving test, but still got my driverís licence 4 5.88%
I had appeared for a lame driving test and was passed 14 20.59%
Had to undergo a proper driving test 16 23.53%
I once failed a driving test due to poor driving 1 1.47%
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Old 12th June 2009, 12:48   #151
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Age: 21
Tutor: My observation of driving for several years
Vehicle: TATA 407
Location: Hospet

Age: 20
Tutor: My observation of driving for several years
Vehicle: Luna (gearless) & HERO Puch (geared)
Location: Hospet
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Old 12th June 2009, 19:11   #152
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Age : 18-18.5 ( dont remember exactly ).
Tutor : Driving school (forgot name ) and Dad.
Car : Of course, Maruti 800.
Location in India : Vadodara, Gujarat.
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Old 12th June 2009, 20:57   #153
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Age - 17
Tutor - Brother
Car - Daewoo Cielo
Location - Jaipur early mornings

I initially started driving (though secretly) sometime in late 16s but any formal training took place in late 17 when i was back in town for summer holidays and was to turn 18 in a month. I actually got my learner's license on the day of my 18th birthday and formal license exactly 1 month later, all by the law.

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Old 22nd October 2009, 14:33   #154
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Age - 13
Tutor - Driver
Car - Mahindra Armada 4X4
Location in India - Mangalore ( KA )

I just bumped into this thread when i was thinking of starting a similar thread and was searching if such a thread aleady exists. And Voila! I found it .
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Old 22nd October 2009, 15:59   #155
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Age - 19 - 19.5
Tutor - Myself.
Car - The omnipresent Maruti 800.

I learnt to drive on my own , my Dad just told me how to steer. I used to observe anyone who used to drive , my dad , the bus driver , the auto driver , the cycle rickshaw driver ( hope you get the picture) and one day just took the 800 out for a spin.

Never had an accident those days in Bangalore.

Loved Bangalore then , calm and peaceful. Driving used to be a pleasure , not a pain.
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Old 22nd October 2009, 16:04   #156
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4 Wheeler:

Age: 18
Tutor: Driving School Instructor
Car: HM Trekker
Location: South Kerala

So far driven roughly above 2,00,000 Kms

2 Wheeler:

Age: 18
Tutor: Self
Bike: Bajaj Chetak
Location: South Kerala

So far driven roughly around 200 Kms !!

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Old 22nd October 2009, 16:13   #157
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Did not see this thread before. A nice thread!!!

Age: 15 years
Tutor: Dad
Vehicle: 1987 Bajaj Chetak
Location: Bangalore.

This thread brought back the old memories of my dad teaching me to ride the scooter. After countless times of failed clutch releases and dad teaching me patiently how to release the clutch, I finally learnt it.

Age: 17 years
Tutor: Self
Vehicle: 1997 Maruti Omni
Location: Bangalore

Brand new Omni in the garage. Nobody at home. I knew where the keys for the Omni were kept. Took the car out for a spin and kept the car back in the garage safely. No one got a doubt. Continued this for a week till I was pretty confident to take it out on the main roads. Surprised dad when I offered to drive one day.
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Old 22nd October 2009, 16:19   #158
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First time behind the wheel of a 4 wheeler.
Age 17
on a Mahindra Tractor .

Tutor : Myself, I was kinda natural with vehicles though. Never put any effort to learn. I could drive the moment I took the wheel.

Funny part is how I learnt to ride a motor cycle.
Though I was riding my Grandpa's moped (TVS 50) since 10, I always wanted to ride my dad's yezdi road king.
One fine afternoon, when dad was out of town, and mom was sleeping, I locked from out side, pushed the bike to the school ground and started the beast. It used to make such a racket that the whole town woke up (small town called Madhugiri) one of our neighbors might have opened the door for my mom and the joy ride ended soon. But I had accomplisehd what I wanted to.
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Old 22nd October 2009, 16:19   #159
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Age - 16
Tutor -Dad
Car - Ambassidor
Location - some private road next to us
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Old 22nd October 2009, 16:20   #160
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Age: 14 years
Tutor: Friend
Vehicle: Friends Yamaha Rx 100
Location: Bangalore.

Age: 15 years
Tutor: Self and Friend
Vehicle: Friends Maruti Omni
Location: Bangalore.
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Old 22nd October 2009, 16:24   #161
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Age: 11 years
Tutor: Uncle
Vehicle: Bajaj Chetak
Location: Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Age: 20 years
Tutor: Friend
Vehicle: Ford Ikon
Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
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Old 22nd October 2009, 16:38   #162
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Age : 22
Tutor : Friends (who were colleagues and roommates)
Car : Mazda 626
Location : Stamford, Connecticut, US

We never had a car in the family until 2002. My dad used to work for HCL hyderabad as an admin mgr and we used to have a whole lot of ambassdors visiting us and I used to take every opportunity to go for a ride. I gifted the first car WagonR I bought to my dad which he still owns. BTW, I love royal look of the well maintained company owned ambassdors
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Old 22nd October 2009, 16:52   #163
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2 Wheeler - Non Geared
Age: 14 years
Tutor: Cousin
Vehicle: Cousin's Kinetic Luna & Kinetic Honda
Location: Bangalore

2 Wheeler - Geared
Age: 17 years
Tutor: Friend
Vehicle: Friend's Suzuki Samurai & my Suzuki Fiero
Location: Hassan, Karnataka

Age: 15 years
Tutor: Dad
Vehicle: Mahindra CJ-500 Jeep, Tatamobile, Massey Ferguson tractor
Location: In our estate located near a village called Hemmige, Hassan District, Karnataka
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Old 22nd October 2009, 17:15   #164
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- Age 17
- Tutor - Mama ( mom's brother)
- Car - humble M-800 4 speed
- Location in India - Pune, Pradhikaran area in Nigdi
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Old 22nd October 2009, 17:34   #165
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4 Wheeler :

- Age : 14years and some days when I drove the first car alone.
- Tutor : Theory --> Maternal Uncle , Practical --> Alone
- Car : Omni was the first car
- Location in India : Jabalpur

Had theory since I was 10 years old held the steering for the first time when I was 11. Just got the courage and left one morning alone; drove like half an hour, came back and parked the car as it was. Nobody still knows about it in my house. I know there's nothing to boast about I was just stupid that time.

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