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You know how some cars have wheels with hub caps, and you would see the black rim if you took the hub cap off? I thought someone told me that this rim was called a mud flap.
I later told this to one of my teachers, who had two wheels on her car with missing hub caps, and she finally told me what mud flaps actually are.
My mum was driving me to school one day when a BMW sped past really fast and went through a red light. She shook her head and said "BMWs don't have any brakes". From then on i thought they really didn't have any brakes and was worried every time I saw one.
For obvious reasons, I thought "car pooling" meant riding in a car that was able to go underwater. This made perfect sense to me -- since roads could not be built over lakes, having a car that could just cut through the lake would reduce the amount of time spent traveling. So when our teacher asked my class to vote on if we wanted to "use car pooling" for our first grade field trip, I enthusiastically raised my hand. I remember asking the chaperone (a classmate's mom) when we were going to go underwater several times. I think I spent at least a half hour staring out the window, looking for any nearby bodies of water.
My sister and I used to believe that you could drink petrol because everytime we stopped at a petrol station, our Mum would say "I'm just going to give the car a little drink of petrol because its getting a bit thursty".
I used to believe that car lights were actually eyes like on those old commercials. They all looked like pretty legit faces to me and welcome i walked past one parked, i would stare at it and run past it quick so it couldnt run me over. I believed this for years!
I used to believe that if you let the rev counter in a car reach the red section, the car would explode. My Dad used to have great fun terrifying me!
When I was little, I heard some one say that you should "never drink and drive." A few days later, I saw my mom drinking a diet soda while driving, and I threw a fit. She told me that you're allowed to drink non-alcoholic drinks while driving. I had no clue what that meant. The next day I went into school and announced that my mom drinks and drives. My mom ended up with a nice little call from my teacher.
Between the ages of six and fourteen I believed that all you had to do to pick up a car and throw it in the air was know exactly what spot on the car to to grab - all because I saw a man do it on The Simpsons.
when i was younger i used to think no-one was driving cars and it was only my family who were allowed to...
I thought that cruise control was like autopilot i.e the car would just drive itself if you turned it on
One day when I was a little kid in the car with my dad, I noticed the the flashing arrows (the turn signal) on the dashboard, and that we would turn after the arrow started to flash. I thought the arrows were telling us where to go, and I was so surprised that our car could do that.
I used to belief that all the cars were controlled by conveyer belts. And that's how they all would stop and go at the same time.
I thought that a person's motorskills meant how good they were at driving!
Because of cartoons, I thought that to drive you'd just turn the steering wheel back and forth constantly.
I used to believe the white and yellow lines on the roads were for passengers to grab onto and slow the car down if they thought the driver was going too fast.
I used to believe that the handle between the two front seats in the car was call a "mercy brake". Because, "MERCY! I need to stop NOW!"... and because my mother spoke with a strong accent. I was in my teens when I figured out it was an emergency brake.
when I was little I believed, with the encouragement of my parents that the red hazard light button was really an ejection button for bad kids. In addition if the button were to be pressed one would go flying through the sun roof. I think I believed this for a good solid 3 years ;)
My dad would push the button that turned the AC on in our family minivan and make a WHOOOSH sound effect, claiming that our minivan had just turned into the Bat-mobile. I believed him every time.
I believed my mom controlled the speed of our car by how much she moved the steering wheel. Not much movement = Fast. Lots of movement = Slow. I was terribly disappointed when I shared this finding with her and she told me about the gas pedal.
when we first got a car with electric windows, my sister and i coulnt figure out how the windows went down. my dad told us that they were voice activated.you just had to say "windows down" and windows up". he would say it and then at the same time, press the button. my sister and i tried for ages to get the windows down by voice, and he kept telling us we were saying it wrong.