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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 19.40%
I was taught to drive by a friend / family member 28 41.79%
I learnt to drive with a local driving school 31 46.27%
Read a driver training manual 4 5.97%
I never appeared for a driving test, but still got my driverís licence 4 5.97%
I had appeared for a lame driving test and was passed 13 19.40%
Had to undergo a proper driving test 16 23.88%
I once failed a driving test due to poor driving 1 1.49%
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Old 1st November 2011, 22:24   #331
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14 - my darling dad taught me driving in a Maruti 800 every weekend for a couple of months in a college campus.
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Old 2nd November 2011, 01:49   #332
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Age - 22
Tutor - Nobody....Had seen my dad driving and learnt how to shift gears!
Car - M800
Location - Bangalore.

Since then I have driven Maruti 800 / Alto / Santro / Chevy Impala and currently own a Chevy Aveo!

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Old 12th November 2011, 22:24   #333
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My first driving lessons was from my friend on his santro. I used to go for the driving class in the morning and at night around 11 he would come and pick me up and give me driving lessons and I used to drive in my local area for an hour almost everyday. This way I started getting the control over the steering and better road sense. Over a period of month I gradually started to drive when there was traffic .
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Old 13th November 2011, 19:28   #334
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Four Wheeler:

Age - 14
Tutor - Dad
Car - Maruthi Esteem
Location - Bangalore. Early Mornings (before 6) in our gated community.

Two Wheeler: Not yet learnt due to strong opposition in home for riding 2 wheeler. But someday I'll secretly learn and get a license.
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Old 13th November 2011, 20:12   #335
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My first driving experience was during my childhood days when I was a boy of 8 years, we were staying in a small town Chitradurga and my father was working there. The first lessons of steering were from drivers Mr. Gangaram and Mr. Hiremath, my father used to come to pick me from school in his department's jeep. The drivers used to seat me on their laps and give steering lessons, this continued for 1-2 months and later I used to steer the jeep comfortably. But I was too short to do the gear change which they did. In year 2000, my father was working in Bidar, we went for a city visit on a Jeep, I asked the driver to teach me, he gave the steering and amazingly I remembered what I did 15 years ago, by the time we came back home that evening I was comfortable driving the jeep. The final lessons were on Bidar-Humnabad state highway.
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Old 13th November 2011, 20:25   #336
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Learnt to drive and got my driving licence in 1988 at the age of 28 after finishing my postgraduation: yeah I know very late in the day. The car I learnt to drive in was my dad's Amby and the tutor was my dad: he had a lot of patience.
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Old 13th November 2011, 20:54   #337
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Age : 15
place: Kodaikanal lake
car: HM Trekker - I thought for a long time gear will fall when it is time to change.Later i learnt that the gear box was conked.
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Old 14th November 2011, 09:39   #338
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I learnt to drive in February 1997. Not much, a driver had shown me the basic and I practiced for an hour.

The true master was NH 9 and that too during the night.

It was Ambassador, 1971 model. My father's.

I miss the clear uncluttered view where one can see the chrome headlight ring.

Learning to drive on an Ambassador is an experience in itself. Once you master it, all other cars are child's play.

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Old 14th November 2011, 09:53   #339
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Unofficial

Age - 18
Tutor - nobody
Car - Std Super10(1956 vintage) with floor shift gear
Location - empty area adjacent to a field in Trichy - no traffic at all

Official

Age - 24
Tutor - Driving school driver
Car - Premier Padmini
Location - crowded old city - Surat
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Old 14th November 2011, 10:04   #340
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Age - 13
Tutor - Self
Car - Maruti 800
Location -Practice Runs in the Parkway - Garage to main gate and back in a straight line. Used the simple principle of how to use a clutch and gear on a mobike.
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Old 14th November 2011, 12:03   #341
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Learnt to drive and got my driving licence in 1988 at the age of 28 after finishing my postgraduation: yeah I know very late in the day.
Still you were senior to me by 17 years
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Old 14th November 2011, 15:25   #342
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I got my license when i was 19. but then i learn only to move the car. so my actual drving started when i was 28. I started it with my All new Hyundai i20.
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Old 18th November 2011, 00:33   #343
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I will never forget the first time I drove a car.

I must have been 12 or 13(?) getting into 8th grade at school. I studied in Bishop Cotton Boys' and the school has several fields. When we'd gone to confirm my final-exam results, my father allowed me to drive our then brand-new Ikon 1.6 on one of the fields as he was pretty pleased with my grades.

He sat beside me and instructed me to do figures of '8' on the large field, and I still remember how mad he got when I sneakily and gradually built up speed and slotted that lovely 'box into 3rd. He panicked as though the world would end.

Driving came very naturally to me.

I had a few other opportunities here and there as well. I drove my grandparents' Maruti 800 for a few hundred meters when I was 14, and even their Premier Padmini (I love that column shifter) I even got to drive our carb'd Zen before we sold it for the Santro.

I'm a keen observer, and I've been watching my dad drive ever since I was a toddler.

However, my father was very adamant that the next time I ever get to drive is when I acquire my learner's permit. And I had to go through the entire procedure for my LL as well as my DL at the RTO. No short-cuts for me. And I'm glad I did it that way!

I eventually started driving in our Santro and it took me about a week or so to completely get the hang of it, and a few weeks more to fit in with the traffic and drive comfortably.

I've clocked close to 20k on my Santro, and perhaps 10k in my Civic and about 2k in the Jazz ever since I got my DL. I will never stop driving.Petrol prices and traffic be damned!

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Old 24th November 2011, 10:10   #344
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- Age: 14
- Tutor: Nobody. At the backseat watched my father learn driving and then read the manual completely
- Car: Fiat (Premier Padmini)
- Location in India: Bokaro Steel City
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Old 2nd December 2011, 09:32   #345
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I was 20 when i started learning to drive a car. It was final that new car would be arriving at home in short time. But who would drive it regularly ? So it was me who has to do that. Started learning at Maruti Driving School in their 22 days program. My first car was Alto 800.
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