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I used to believe that if you opened a car door on the highway, the door would rip off and you and everyone else inside of it will be sucked out. I'm 15 and I still have a sneaking suspicion that its true, and never tried it.
When I was younger, if I was being bad, my mom used to tell me that there was an eject button in the car just for bad children. I used to look for it and press random places in the car, however I was still always afraid of being ejected.
I believed as a child that the highway was a big race. I always liked when my dad passed people, thinking we would be that much closer to being first!
I suppose I must have had the properties of limos and taxis confused as a child, because I used to think taxis were only for very rich people. We had to ride one away from the airport one day and the whole ride (as I held the seatbelt closed because it was broken, I may add) I kept saying under my breath, "I'm rich, I'm rich, I'm rich."
I used to think that ducks lived under bridges as whenever we drove under a bridge my mum and nan would shout "DUCK!"
Later, after I had realised, I thought that you would hurt your head if you didn't duck down.
I used to believe that when my family and I would go on trips, or even just drive somewhere, that the car would not actually move. The world would move under the cars' wheels and we were always in the same place. So we did not drive to places, they actually came to us.
I used to believe there were little people in the place where the car windows go when they are down who cleaned the windows.
When i was younger and saw the lights on the dashboard when you turn the blinker on, i used to think the car was doing it by itself and was telling my parents where to turn.
When I was little I didn't know that cars drove on different sides of the road, so I'd sit there at the side walk and wait for 2 cars to go by and wait for them to crash.
When I was a kid my pops used to tell me and my siblings that the button to turn on the hazard lights in the car was an ejector seat and that if any of us were misbehaving he would shoot us all into the sky. Needless to say, I never touched that button until I started driving...
When i was little I thought the windshield wipers on a car worked because it was the job of little people to move them back and forth.
I used to think the price of gas per gallon was all you had to pay and always wondered why my parents complained about high gas prices.
When I was little, my dad had a truck with two gas tanks. He used to tell us that the button to switch from one tank to the other was a blow up button. I believed him until I was 12.
I used to believe that if you didn't wear your seatbelt when the car was driving, you would automatically be thrown through the windscreen
I used to believe that if you touched the cigarette lighter in a car, the car would instantly burst into flames.
When I was little, I used to believe that the clicking sound the blinker made in the car forced the car to turn, so I would lean up to the back of my mom's seat and make noises when we passed McDonalds to make her turn.
When I was young I couldn't wrap my head around the concept of a car engine. So I always wondered how the driver of a car could be strong enough to pull everything that was in the car behind him!
I remember being especially puzzled when we moved houses and my dad was driving a moving van.
I used to believe my mother had a map of the world in her head. How else did she always know how to get where we were going? And when I asked her, she confirmed it.
When I was little my mother told me that if I used the cruise control on my car it would get stuck and I would have to drive forever.
When I was little I always wanted a mustang convertible. My mother told me they were death traps. So I had this image of accidentally driving off of a mountain side (in the middle of Kansas) and the car would crunch up and kill me when it fell off the mountain. But another inexpensive normal car would be just fine.