When I turned 16 my Dad taught me how to drive. He gave me lots of pointers: ‘gas pedal is on the right, brake is on the left (I learned to drive an automatic, not a manual transmission). Make sure your foot is on the brake when you shift into gear. Look both ways before you proceed thru an intersection. Never start the car while it is in gear. Make sure you check your fuel gage – do you have enough gas to get where you are going? Don’t eat while you are driving. Don’t have the music too loud (in fact driving with no music was preferred). Don’t talk too much. Keep both hands on the steering wheel. Don’t look at girls while driving.’ The list was endless! Cell phones were not around back then, otherwise I am sure I would have been banned from having one to prevent me from texting and talking, but one of the most important lessons he taught me was about focus. ‘David, what are you looking at, what are you focusing on?’ This was a question that my dad frequently asked!
Over the next few days I will be posting some of the lessons I learned while sitting behind the wheel of a red Ford Escort. The lessons while in a vehicle have many truths and applications in life. My hope is that you will read, learn, grow, laugh, and apply.
I look forward to reading your comments.
Enjoy the drive -david