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When I was a kid we used to take a lot of road trips, and when we got stuck in traffic my mom would always say, "look at this traffic jam." I was about 4 or 5 and I would look at the window for "traffic jam" but didn't know what she was talking about. Then, while playing outside, I saw some puddles in the street with oil floating in them, and I came to the conclusion that this was "traffic jam". I told this matter-of-factly to all my friends in elementary school, until my older sister made fun of me for it.
When I was little I believed cars ran by magnets that someone dragged underneth the road.
I used to think that the actual lanes on the motorway (freeway) made the cars go faster - like the inside lanes had some mechanism to tell the car to go faster than the outside lanes.
There was a garage on our block with a sign above the door that said, "All cars must come to full stop." I thought that "Full Stop" was the name of the garage and that every car in the world was obliged to come to it at least once.
i used to believe the moon was following our car while driving at night.
I used to believe that my parents were very slow drivers because all oncoming vehicles appeared to be going much faster.
When I was 4 or 5, my uncle told me that a squirrel lived in his car engine and ran in a squirrel cage to make the car move. He told me to look for it in the glove box. When I opened the glove box, my uncle would act surprised and say "It just ran out, did you see it?" but I never did.
When I was younger I used to belive that when was traveling somewhere with my parents that when I closed my eyes the car would start flying and we'd get to the destination faster... I always tried to catch the car flying but I couldn't when ever I oped my eyes the car was still on the road :)
I used to think that when the car in front of you turned it's right turn signal on, you had to turn yours on too, and go right as well. It was because of highway exits.
I used to belief that when you were in the car the world would move not you.
I used to believe that a "ghost-driver" was a car driving with a white sheet over it.
When i was little, I used to want to live in a motorhome so badly when I grew up... it's so functional, a car and home in one! I thought it was the ultimate cool. I didn't take into account that I'd be lacking address, sewage, a landline phone, etc etc.
My brother told me that if you press the button on the handbreak in the car when the car was off the car would explode. I thought this was pretty cool and thought i would give it a try. Didn't work, though. Wonder why.
When I was about 4, I was driving in the car with my grandparents. Thinking I was being smart, I said in a loud voice "The car isn't hungry anymore. It has us in it" They still tease me about it to this day.
I used to believe that a smog test was when you drove your car up a very tall, foggy mountain until you couldn't see anything but fog. Then you drove it off the side and crashed to the ground. Afterward, if your car still ran, then your car had passed the smog test.
I used too look out the car window and read the words "objects in mirror are close than they appear" (because the e got scratched off of closer) so I asked my mom to close the objects in the mirror so they could appear
I always wondered what "sheerwait" was. As it seemed to cause so many delays when the travel news came on I figured it must be pretty bad! It wasn't until I was about 19 that it suddenly clicked they were saying "sheer weight of traffic".
I used to wonder what kind of car a PRNDL was. The stick shift on my dad's old Rambler read PRNDL, and it wasn't until I was older that I understood the markings to stand for Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive and Low.
When i was young I always thought that the cheaper gas was the faster you ran out of gas.
I also thought that when you are filling up your vehicle if the amount of litres is far higher than the amout of dollars it meant your vehicle was good on gas.
I used to think that when you drove over a road where tar had just been put down, to fill a pothole or something, you were driving over ice cubes and that is what made the crunchy sound. I don't know how I thought ice cubes got on the road, or stayed there in the summer, but I thought that for a very long time!