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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 28th December 2006, 18:53   #121
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Mine is something like this:

Two Wheeler : When I was 16, on an Ind-Suziki taught by one of my courageous friend, who sat behind (unhurt!) for the entire strech of Athirampily falls route in Kerala - a highrange route with some good blind curves..

Four Wheeler : at 27, Learned myself, on M800, few weeks before my marriage, since I didnt want to take a driver for honeymoon..Ofcourse it was a safe drive and my wife didnt know during that trip that it was my first long drive!!

Got used to City-driving in Bangalore in 2004, in Airport Road, which is easily THE BEST road to master the art!
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Old 28th December 2006, 19:17   #122
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Age : 14~15 (In Between)
Tutor : My Tractor Driver Back in the country
Car : Well It was not a car It was a Tractor for a change Massey Ferguson 1988.
Location : Kolar Gold Field...
After that I started driving my Uncles Amby 1987 got off the road hit an electric pole, Now I drive an Omni and a Baleno in the jam packed streets of Bangalore.
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Old 28th December 2006, 19:25   #123
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Age - 15
Tutor - Self (learnt basics watching my uncle tutor my cousins)
Car - Mahindra MM540 jeep
Location - all over Bangalore

This jeep was lying at home one day when my uncle was out of town and I had just returned from school. Got hold of the keys and there has been no turning back.
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Old 28th December 2006, 20:16   #124
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age - 12.5 (im tall)
tutor - dad
car - baleno
location - lonavla (on some deserted road)

im almost 15 now probably the younget on tbhp.
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Old 28th December 2006, 21:12   #125
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Am still learning

Whenever I have time and my dad is free, I drag him to the NICE road and drive there....

Usually take my mom's Santro Xing.
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Old 28th December 2006, 21:58   #126
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tutor:more or less on my own..dad helped out in the beginning
Location:bangalore koramangala used to drive in the lanes
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Old 28th December 2006, 23:11   #127
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Age - 15 yrs
Tutor - Learnt on my own by observing my dad
Car - M800 carb
Location - Different roads near my house
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Old 29th December 2006, 00:15   #128
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age : 18 (Dad ABSOLUTELY refused to let me learn to drive before that)
tutor : Driving school - Hegde (Jayanagar)
Car : round Fiat
City : Bangalore South - Jayanagar area.

Was dying to learn how to drive a car since i was already riding a two-wheeler for about 3 years before that - used to ride my friends bikes. Dad enrolled me for driving lessons on the day after my 18th birthday. On my 18th birthday, I went and booked my first two-wheeler - a Kinetic Spark.
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Old 29th December 2006, 00:39   #129
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Age: 13
Car: Maruti 800
Tutor: The person who taught my mom driving
Location: Delhi
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Old 29th December 2006, 01:35   #130
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Age: 6
Tutor: self, with school bus driver.
Car: Toyota Mini School Bus.
Location: Kuwaiti freeways.

The first time I drove the bus I had to stand between the driver's legs & he changed gears & operated the brakes. I just steered & accelerated.

Then I grew a bit taller & used multiple pillows behind my back to bring me closer to the controls, almost half standing. Drove Mom's 1979 Buick LeSabre automatic with my driver, who I would buy ice-cream & chocolate for as a 'bribe' (though would end up eating them myself!). Took Dad's S Class (slushbox again) for spins with the same driver too, only when he was out of town on business. We had to watch out for cops as we'd get seriously busted if spotted.

Got to Bombay at 10 & used to drive Dad's W123 LHD around the building basement parking all by myself, & also to various garages, etc. for any work on the cars. That's when I really learned how to manoevure.

When Mom's 800 came in 1986, already had years of driving experience under my belt & it looked & felt like a toy! Zinged that thing all over Pali Hill, Carter Road, Bandstand & Mount Mary.

Finally got my licence in 1990 through a 'motor training school' & proceeded to officially terrorize the sheep like driving population.

Mods: Need to add the age groups 2-15 to the poll as well!

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Old 29th December 2006, 04:47   #131
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Learned driving along with my brother who is two years older to me. It is when i was 14 yrs, parents bought a M 800, but no body knew driving at home except my mother used to manage to drive in calm roads.
This was a good reason for me and my brother to learn driving.
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Old 29th December 2006, 08:05   #132
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Age: 15
Tutor: Dad
Car(s): Peugeot 309 and Skoda Octavia
Location: Parking Lot

With constant pestering I convinced my dad to teach me driving. First started off with the peugeot, and then proceeded on to the Skoda.
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Old 29th December 2006, 08:13   #133
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Age: 14
Tutor: Dad. I also did a formal stint with a driving school when I was 17, with my Mom (was giving her company, and picking up the finer points of driving).
Car: Maruti 800.
Location: Narrow lane leading to our house, a nearby highway in the early mornings.

Age:18 (Dad wouldn't let me touch a bike before I was 18)
Tutor: Dad's cousin
Vehicle: Dad's cousin's Lambretta, Dad's brother's RX100.
Location: Dad's native village -- All over the place.
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Old 29th December 2006, 08:48   #134
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Age: 12
Tutor: Dad.
Car: Mercedes Benz E class auto.
Location: driveway of my own house.

4-wheeler(second time officially)
Age: 19
Tutor: Driving school
Car: Maruti 800.
Location: bangalore roads.
This is when i learnt to drive properly.
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Old 29th December 2006, 08:54   #135
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Age:10~11..i was in 4th std..so dont knw the exact age..
Tutor: Dad
Car:A 1986 Fiat
Location:Football grounds near my house
Once durin that time it self...When i tried moving the car a bit upfront...Had run into my cousins main door.....OH come on!!...My old fiat had a really hard Clutch nd i was just above 4 feet tall...As i was tryin to get off the clutch slowly...it just pushed me back on the seat....And there i was on the front door steps..Well did manage to brake in time...: )...After that started Driving regularly aft 10th std..guess i was 16 then...
Mods:...Like elfy suggested...Guess 5~15 age group should be added to the poll

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