by James Preston
I remember being 14 years-old and getting my first driving lesson, which consisted of sitting behind the wheel of my dad’s 1960 Ford Galaxy while it was parked in our driveway. The idea was for me to get familiar with the pedals and controls, but I used the time to entertain my mom.
“Truck! Look out, big truck! Oh, no, we’re on the train tracks — train, it’s a train!”
I let go of the steering wheel and dove down into the footwell. Next to me, my mother was laughing so hard she couldn’t stop.
The Ford was a stick shift, with the lever mounted on the steering column — the infamous “three on the tree.”
She took the time to get me familiar with the care because changing gears adds a new level of complexity to driving, and so does shifting writing gears.
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