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2020-05-12 11:30

Sean Parker

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Boy driver. Image: Getty

A call to action sent out earlier in May prompted a flood of responses from readers on their first driving experiences.  

The genesis was a bizarre story out of the United States saw a five-year-old boy from Utah pulled over on a highway while driving his mother's Dodge Journey.

He told the policeman he was on his way to California to buy a Lamborghini despite having R55 in his wallet. 

We asked our readers to share their first experiences of getting behind the wheel at a young age, here are some of the best:

Willem van der Merwe: "My first attempt was when I was three years old. I went through a fence and got stopped by a large protea bush. I was in my grandfather's blue Datsun bakkie. My first successful drive in old Isuzu bakkie was at the age of six. 

Both my children also learned to drive at six and at the age of nine could drive 50km on gravel without any assistance."

Ulrich Schulenberg: "My parents have retold the story a few times that when I was two years old, I somehow started my father's Jeep on top of his Beetle in the driveway while they where busy in the house. They came out of the house to find me dressed in a nappy, standing on the driver seat with a smile on my face."

Ozzie Martinez: "I learned to drive stick shift by ditching school running back home where my uncles Toyota was parked. I drove around Santa Ana Ca at the age of 13. Never got caught or pulled over."

Anwer Ahmed: "My first driving experience came when I was about 10 years old. My dad owned a clothing shop in a small shopping centre and one Sunday he had some work to do at the store. I begged to go with him and after about an hour in the shop while dad busied himself, I got bored.

"I don't think he even heard me saying I was going to sit in the car. I sat, played with the radio but aware it could be draining the battery, I started the VW Mk1 Golfie and having a whole parking lot to myself, I had watched dad a thousand times working the foot pedals.

"That day I taught myself to drive so well when we went home, I assured my father by driving out of the parking lot to the road, he was so impressed he let me drive us home."



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