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Driving in My Car for the First Time

Updated on September 10, 2018

I remember the very first time I started driving around in my car. It was an entirely new experience. A proud feeling that I had achieved a Herculean feat - getting my license coupled with the thought that I was going to drive around for the very first time.

I opened the door and got behind the wheel. I performed the routine checks – seat belt check, all doors closed check, mirrors check, petrol check and last but not the least I invoked the protection of the Almighty Lord to protect me and, more importantly, protect the people out there on the roads.

Having said my prayer, I started off. Out into the open, driving around in my car! I was excited; I cannot express in words the feeling of joy and bubbly enthusiasm I had in my heart. In short, I was on top of the world.

On the Road

I navigated the road with expertise. I was pretty much OK and was cruising down the road, with a song on my lips. Everything was fine until I heard someone honking from behind. The irate driver thought I was very slow and was asked me to move on. I speeded up a little, and there were cars in front slowing down because of the traffic. I slowed down too.

The irate driver honked from behind. "What does he want? Maybe he wanted to fly over like Captain Marvel??", I thought to myself. I looked into the mirror and glared at the driver. Some people just cannot understand; they feel the person in front has slowed down because he/she is a total moron.

The traffic cleared, and I started moving, the irate driver looked relieved and cooled down. I drove on, and the next thing I encountered was the tailing experience unnerving for a first-time driver. It looked as though the person behind was totally jealous of my car and had taken an irrevocable decision to bang my beautiful car.

I speeded up a little. The person behind speeded up too. I slowed down thinking that this annoying person will slow down too. Nope, I was wrong, wrong judgement. This person was determined to bump into my car. Thankfully after some distance, this person took an exit to the right. The good Lord had answered my prayers.

A bit relieved, I took a deep breath and continued driving. Driving straight down the road is very easy. The part that is challenging is the changing lanes bit. Changing lanes is a tricky manoeuvre, as far as I am concerned - many routines involved, to be performed in quick succession and with accurate judgement. I think I would put this down to rocket science.

Sometimes, I feel that rocket science would have been much easier. Just imagine, shooting right up into space, without any rockets trailing behind you, no rockets to the side, back or front of you. The whole wide space, all yours to navigate!

Getting back to my drive now - I checked carefully, switched on my left indicator, and decided the time was ripe to make the change. Just as I was about to change, the car to the left sped up and blocked the road. I wanted to yell out, “Hey did you not see me the signal, do you have no heart? You just won’t give me the way?". I wanted to stop the car right there, get down and yell at this mean person who was driving behind me. Common sense prevailed, and I drove on.


Then there are the famous Exits; you have to take the right exit to reach your destination. Miss one exit and you have to go halfway around the world to get to your destination. I carefully took the right Exit and drove on. I mocked at the Exits “So, you think you can get the better of me? Oh no! I will conquer all you Exits and one day this world will be free of exits, with only straight roads, no twists or turns, no traffic jams, no accidents” etc. With such thoughts in my mind, needless to say, I missed a couple of Exits and took an extra half hour to reach home.

I felt as though all the Exits were mocking at me. I ignored them and drove straight on. Now, I can proudly say, I drive with confidence and am ready to circumvent the world in my car.

© 2012 Nithya Venkat


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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      janderson 99 thank you and am happy you enjoyed!!

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      Dr. John Anderson 

      5 years ago from Australia on Planet Water

      Fascinating article. I really enjoyed reading it.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      vocalcoach thank you yes now I am a pro!! Am glad you enjoyed!

      Hackslap thank you,no my first car wasn't one of those that you have mentioned!

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      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Haha .. This was funny .. I remember my early years driving too (I began when I was 16 and slammed the accelerator of my Suzuki hatchback misjudging the allignment with the clutch ...oh well ..its been a long time since then and I consider myself a pro :)

      Btw .you've done better than most people if your first car was a Mercedes E Class Coupe :P

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Well, congratulations (2 years ago ) - By now you're a real pro! This was fun to read. Took me back to the old days when my father taught me how to drive in his old pick-up truck. Great memories. Thanks.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Hi!! Cloud Explorer thank you for your comments and appreciation. Thank you for the share. Just introducing myself - Mrs. Nithya Venkat!

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Awesome first time experience driving bro, I love how you personify the exits as if they were somehow alive. Your driving seemed rock solid for a new driver, but there's always those road hogs to right!

      Overall spectacular hub here Vellur, very entertaining and well written.

      Thumbs up, curated, and sharing!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Hi Denise Handlon am happy you enjoyed my hub. You are right holding on to your sense of humor helps in stressful situations. Good luck to your nephew and am sure with your coaching he will be the best driver around. It does need a lot of patience and courage to be on the passenger's side, specially when they are learning!!

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Vellur-this was such a fun hub to read. I enjoyed your sense of humor here. It is so important to keep one's sense of humor about stressful situations. It makes life so much more pleasant. Nice to know you have conquered those exits now.

      I remember driving when I was 16. It was a challenge, but a good one. Now, I am trying to teach my nephew to drive. He is almost 19, has no confidence and a lot of anxiety. But, I just try to explain to him that he needs to relax and practice. That will build his confidence.

      He has only a permit now, which means I have to be in the passenger seat with him for him to practice. That takes a lot of time and patience on my side...some days I need more patience than other days, haha.

      Voted up and funny/useful. Thanks for sharing your experience. :)

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Dana Teresa thank you, am glad you enjoyed the read.

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      Dana Strang 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      I love the way you have intermingled confidence and near terror. very clever. i felt it all with you. what fun to read.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Angela Brummer thank you for stopping, thank you for your vote too.

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      Angela Brummer 

      7 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Voted up!!! Reading this can help but, remember my first alone driving adventures!!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you John Sarkis for your vote and comment. Freeway driving is always crazy.

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      John Sarkis 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This is very insightful Vellur. The city I'm from has very hectic driving conditions. I remember when I first got my license and how exciting it was; I was only 17 years old at the time. Freeway driving was crazy for me at first.

      Voted up on your intuitive hub about driving.


    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Rosemay50, am glad I have never encountered that roundabout!! Being far away from UK am pretty safe!! Poor lady - running out of gas, must be a tough roundabout.Thank you and am very happy you enjoyed my hub.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What a humorous hub to read. Those exits are sure to be laughing. There is a roundabout to get out of London UK onto the M25 to head north. Several people have been stuck on this for hours even days unable to get over into the outside lane to exit because of the heavy traffic. One lady drove round and round until she ran out of gas

      I so enjoyed reading your fun escapades.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      jimagain Oh yes, I never start my car without a prayer, no way!! thank you for your appreciation and vote.

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      7 years ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

      I love the way you think. What a great thought to start off your first drive with some praying. This was very funny and I'm sure anyone that reads this will instantly be able to relate to their own experiences behind the wheel.

      Voted UP!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley my God that must have been quite an experience. Exits make us go around in circles, I wonder sometimes why they are called "Exits" when there is no way out!!! I think the roads are endless mazes specially if you don't know your way!!!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from the beautiful south

      Loved this! Had me laughing. Reminded me of a time newly wed we were going to Florida and in Charlotte we got in an endless circle. We stopped for directions and followed instructions and there we were right back at the same place! It took us two or three hours to get out of that town!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      htodd thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

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      7 years ago from United States

      Wow ..That is really great experience ..Thanks for sharing

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      anndavis25 thank you and am a safe and cautious driver today.

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      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Fun read. I bet you are a safe and cautious driver today.

      Up and interesting...AD

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      unknown spy glad you enjoyed my ride. I hope you drive a car very soon and you can share your experiences with us!!

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      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Life also is like driving a car..Before you get in, SAy a Prayer! :)

      I enjoyed riding with you Vellur! ( I never driven a car, just motorcycles. Hoping to drive one someday.)

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 glad you enjoyed my ride!! You are so right we get so involved that we forget where we are going. Thank you.

      rajan jolly those were the wonderful days when traffic was a trickle. Glad you were safe on that ride, thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed the ride, Vellur! I remember my first time driving by myself, and experiencing the feeling of freedom. I laughed at your missing the exit. We get so involved in driving (and thinking) that we sometimes forget where we are going. That's life. Voted up.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Interesting read, Vellur. I remember the first time I drove was when I was not even eligible to get a driving license. And I drove like mad but was safe as traffic on the roads was a trickle in those days compared to today.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Eric Calderwood thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Even today I manage to miss an exit sometimes. These exits are mindboggling!!!

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      Eric Calderwood 

      7 years ago from USA

      The first time driving alone after getting your license is always an exciting adventure. I can still remember mine. I remember being very conscientious to drive the speed limit and having many angry motorists behind me. I lived in NY back then, and there are many angry drivers in NY. And you may be right about those exits being out to get us. I have missed my fair share in my day.


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