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This isn't actually my belief, but I got someone else to believe that the little bumps that are on the buttons on the steering wheel are brail for blind people to use.
When I was little I used to think that cruise control meant that you didn't have to steer or push the gas. The car just drove on it's own!!
I used to believe that when you drove past other cars at night, you had to count them with a number ticker thing - that was the only explanation I had for the clicking noise our car made when we passed an oncoming car. The noise was of course my father dimming his headlights so that he wouldn't blind other drivers.
When I Was little, I believed that everyone who had vans without windows were kidnappers!!! KI even told my parents that, and I didnt realize why they laughed at me. Years later, they still tell my husband!
Until I was about 12 or 13, I used to think that traffic jams were caused by a really slow driver at the end of the road/motorway.
We had a Ford Pinto, with the back passenger windows that flap outward. I used to believe that if my brother and I flapped them open and shut fast enough, we could make the Pinto fly.
From the time I was about 2-5, I didn't realize there were 2 lanes on the streets. Whenever we got in the car, since of course I was short and could only see through the windsheild, I was always scared that we would run head-on into another car. I finally had the bright idea to ask "How come we never hit any of the other cars?" and when I got the answer.. wow. Adults are smart!!
My Dad convinced me that the button on the top of the emergency brake in the car, if pressed, would eject him from the car through the roof, and leave me in danger in a car with no Daddy driving it. I guess this kept me from pressing it, but its a good thing I never got angry with him.
When I was 12 on our way to Myrtle beach, South Carolina (our yearly vacation) my grandparents told me about something called the "flight mode". They said that all cars had it, and whenever you needed to get somewhere in an emergency you could turn on the flight mode switch and your vehicle would automatically grow wings. This way you could get to where you needed to be, fast. But it was only good for one time, and after that your car was basically useless. I believed this until I was 13 O.o
I used to believe that whenever I went to sleep in the car it would go super fast because when I woke up we would be where we were going
When I was about 6, my brother once told me that, if he were to press the button you use to take your seatbelt off, the car would start driving at an enormous speed.
For four years, I was terrified of sitting in a car with him, because he threatened to make us crash into a wall.
I used to live at the top of a very steep hill, and when we drove up it in the car i used to believe that pushing on the back of the seat in front would help the car get up the hill!
i used to think that whoever got up the earliest decided which way to drive on either side of the road. i then thought i had this figured out, but the i saw a video from England (I live in the U.S.) and the people were driving on the wrong side. i then went back to my theory of the one who gets up first decides which way to drive.
i used to believe that to drive a car, the steering wheel had to be turned back and forth constantly as they do in cartoons. it never dawned on me to observe the way real people drive.
When me and my sister were little, we thought that "rolling" our arms (putting them in front of our stomachs and making circles around and around) would make the car go faster. So when our family would make long trips on the highway, we'd say "dad, that car's coming up on us. We'll roll our arms to make us go faster". And we'd sit there and madly move our arms in circles, and little by little, we'd go faster. How stupid we were-didn't we know a car has such thing as a gas pedal?!
I use to think the hazard lights button would cause the car to explode.
Our teacher in 4th or 5th grade, actually had us believing that by the time we graduated from High School, we would all be travelling in cars that floated on air, like in that cartoon, "The Jetsons" or something...LOL..What a hoot! That would have been in the 80's by the way...
When I was pretty little, I liked to stick my head out of the car window as we were driving. My dad told me that if I stuck my head out there as we were driving to close to something my head would of course be chopped off. Now, I never sat behind my dad, because he always had his seat pushed back so far it was really uncomfortable. Therefore it never occurred to me that he could be talking about other cars. There was never anything on the outside side of the car but trees, and it didn't seem like a tree branch could really cut your head off, it just wasn't sharp enough. I concluded that there must be a certain kind of tree that had razor-sharp branches specifiacally designed to defend it from little kids hanging out of car windows.
I used to think that when car headlights would shine in your room as they drove past they were actually scanning the room to make sure you were there and that you had to hold your breath ot they would take you away.
I used to think that the railing you see on highways was what made the road called a "turnpike" and so was confused when I would see them on regular streets.