Re: ot. Bad morning
- From: Mike Brown <rockon02@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:17:19 +1030
In article <jg1i3u$1pl$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
"Geezer" <geezer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"Ed Edelenbos iPad" <eded@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
Completely off topic... but I need a place to vent where my daughter
Yesterday, my wife took my younger daughter to get her learners permit.
She proudly got a 24 out of 25 on the test (she thought the legal blood
alcohol limit was 0.06% and it is actually 0.08%). So this morning she
I drive off to a close school with a nice big parking lot. It's about 100
yards by 250 or 300 yards. We go through some basics... check the seat
and mirrors, how to start, brake and accelerator pedals, brake in to shift
(auto trans), smooth acceleration and braking, etc.
Finally, she sits in the drivers seat, adjusts the mirrors. Then she
starts the engine... everything is going great. She pushes the brake
pedal in and shifts into drive. Then she eases off the brake and proceeds
to smash right into one of the 4 or 5 light poles in the lot. I didn't
yell. I didn't shout. I got her to back up and we got out to see what
damage was. It was less than 10 seconds after putting the car in gear, no
more than about 5 mph. The wheel was turned and it was the side of the
just about at the front of the door, so basically a side impact. The door
won't open but is wedged pen a little bit at the top. An expensive
lesson. I got in and tried driving a bit and it still drives fine.
She was totally wigged... So after about 2 or 3 minutes, I told her to
back on and continue the lesson. She calmed down some and we drove around
the lot a couple dozen times, practicing turning, following the lane, and
AVOIDING the light poles.
So Monday I'll take it to the shop and see how much it's gong to be to get
the thing back in shape (literally). But in e mean time, I'll probably
take her back out tomorrow for another go.
This is posted from my iPad
You'll be laughing about this within a couple of months!
I have a similar story...
I was teaching my father how to drive an automatic transmission vehicle in a
closed parking lot one Sunday in 1970.
He'd only hat three cars at that point...a 1937 Chevy, a 1951 Chevy, and a
1965 Chevy (that I learned how to drive in).
Everyone one of them was a six cylinder, standard shift vehicle...three on
Well, my car was a '69 Chevelle SS 396, and pop gave it a bit too much gas
pedal on the first try and spun out immediately.
On the second try, he took off OK but then went to hit the clutch to 'shift
into second'...my nose broke when I hit the dashboard
and is still a bit crooked to this day.
If yer nose is still straight, ya got no issues!
My late Stepmother (a wonderful lady) drove an Austin 7 Ruby saloon fo
many years. Lovely little cars in a quirky sort of way. My Father, a
good driver never did get the hang of driving it smoothly. The Austin's
clutch had about a eighth of an inch from in to out. Eventually the old
Austin became too unreliable for regular use, and we sold it and bought
her a Hillman Imp GT. It was "a little more powerful". Our driveway was
gravel with a curve in front of the house, and when the car was
delivered it was left pointing away from the house (fortunately). SM
came out and after the usual walk round and admiration had happened, got
into the driving seat, started the engine, and drove straight through
the front hedge (again lucky it wasn't a fence or a wall). Everything
happened so much more quickly with the Hillman that it rather took her
by surprise. She got used to it very quickly.
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