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294. Learning to Drive
One of the greatest moments in a young
's life is the day when he or she
learning to drive. Learning to drive is a
of passage. It is one of the steps
people take to develop into adulthood. This is
wondrous time full of excitement and expectations. One
the most attractive things about learning to drive
the freedom that comes from operating a vehicle.
people are able to drive a vehicle, they
go anywhere in the city and beyond. In
California, the region was planned and built in
spread-out fashion with miles and miles of freeway
. A new driver no longer needs to rely
others to go somewhere. He or she is
free to go out on their own.
Allen first learned to drive, he was so
. He was 16 years old, which in California
he can get a driver's permit. After six
with a permit, he could have a license
drive. Michael had been pestering his father to
him how to drive for months and now
the big day. His father Edward was a
strong man, who insisted on teaching Michael on
standard transmission car. That meant Michael had to
how to operate a clutch and gear shifter,
is not easy.
The two began their lessons.
was a difficult task-master, and Michael was having
difficulty at first. "Let the clutch out slowly,"
began yelling every time Michael didn't do it
. "Ease it through. You can do it," said
to his son. "I'm trying, dad. I'm trying,"
Michael. It was not pleasant at first, but
Michael was driving up and down the block.
was very pleased, and so was his dad.
was now a driver.