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Re: LEARNING HOW TO DRIVE IN BROOKLYN, NY


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Posted by Barb on Wednesday, July 17th 2019:

In Reply to: LEARNING HOW TO DRIVE IN BROOKLYN, NY posted by Nate Goldman on Wednesday, July 17th 2019:

Yes, Nate, I had heard of kids getting their licenses in NYC at 17 although I never met one. I went to Madison at about the same time as you went to high school.

Although all my sisters started driving and got their licenses before age 20, I didn't. My husband and I decided to buy a home in Staten Island. I was working in East New York at the time and a public commute was impossible, so we decided to buy a car. We saved up about $2,400 to buy a brand-new '68 Chevy Nova SS!! (That car was a tank and could go from zero to 40 in seconds.) The only hitch was it had a standard transmission, so I had not only had to learn to drive a shift but just learn how to drive, for I had never been behind the wheel before. About six months later after getting my permit and getting instructions from family members, I got a road test appointment which was to take place east of Avenue T and Flatbush Avenue. I used my signals, looked right and left to make turns, and made a perfect parallel park. I failed! (In the meanwhile we had bought a house. After we moved to Staten Island, I had to quit my job. I finally got my license about 4 years later after going to driving school where the instructor told me I drove perfectly. Oh, well!)

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