I'll never forget my first day of driver's ed class. This was at a time when it was still part of the "regular" school curriculum, and we were placed in groups based on whether we had actually driven a car before.

Now, at the time, the extent of my driving was no more than backing the family car up and down our short driveway. But driving looked easy enough, and my friends were in the "having driven" group, so I confidently "fudged" the extent of my experience and shortly found myself behind the wheel of the driver's ed class car, along with my high school basketball coach/instructor and a couple of my friends in back.

To make a long story short, there was quite a bit of difference between backing a car up and down a driveway and navigating a car on the open road. And, but for the extra brake on the instructor's side of the vehicle, I might have spent my first driver's ed class waiting to be pulled out of a ditch, my confidence notwithstanding.

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