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When I was younger I did a lot of traveling and being from a small town everywhere seemed massive. I always noticed the color of license plates and assumed that all plates that were one color were from my home town. So no matter where I was I could not believe how many people from my town were traveling to the same place at the same time!
I used to believe that the car knew where we were going because my dad always turned the way it was pointing to.
On day when I was little, I asked my mom why we always stop at the gas stations and she said, its because the car needs food so it could run. One day I felt bad that the car never got any dessert, so I put some left over cake in the engine.
I used to believe that my dad made the windshield wipers work by winking. Later I learned what interval wipers are.
When I was little, I thought our car knew where we were going. From the back seat all I could see when Mum was driving was the little green light flash, then I'd see her turning the steering wheel. So I just assumed we had driven this way so many times, the car knew exactly where we were going and indicated by itself!
When driving in a car my parents always honked the horn when we went through a tunnel, but I couldn't see that they were the ones honking. So up until I was about 6 or 7 I thought that tunnels honked when you drove through them.
When I was younger, I'd be in the car with my parents and they'd stop at a gas station and both go inside, while I waited in the car. I thought beyond a reasonable doubt that they switched keys with someone and the people who returned though looked like my parents weren't them, and I'd ask them where we were going, to make sure they weren't taking me some where strange.
I used to believe that turning signals were magical, or were controlled by your thoughts. I never noticed my mom using a little lever to activate them. I didn't figure this out until probably middle school when I finally just asked how they worked.
I used to think that gas was drilled like oil. "How lucky that two gas stations across the street found a well!" My 5-year old brain thought.
When I was 7 or so, I finally saw a tanker truck unloading gas at a station. I asked my dad about this strange occurrence...who informed me that gas stations had underground storage tanks. Mind Blown!
I thought when you drive you turn the steering wheel back and forth constantly since that's how it's depicted in cartoons usually
When I was younger I used to believe the blinkers in a car knew how to get where you were going and all you had to do was follow them. I could never figure out how they new where I was going.
I thought cars were like trains, essentially stuck to the road, always going the right way and somehow being controlled or something. I had no explaination for car crashes, however.
When I was younger I believed that instead of cars moving down the road, the roads moved the cars. Just like a giant conveyor belt.
As a child, I too thought that "don't drink and drive" applied to ALL drinks. I would freak out if the person driving took so much as a tiny sip of water.
I used to believe that turning signals told the driver which way to turn. I always wondered how it knew where we were going.
I used to believe that the car knew where we were going because the turn signal would turn on before we made the turn.
I used to think that the E on a gas gauge meant "enough"...
I used to believe that when you took a left hand turn, you would then be facing a red light and would have to wait in the middle of the intersection until that light turned green as well.
In the 4th grade, I got into a minor car accident after running across the street without checking for cars. Why? I had heard of looking left and right for traffic, but I thought that if I stuck my head out, my head would fly off as the cars sped by. Luckily, my injured needed nothing more than bandages and a weeks worth of recovery.
When I was little I used to believe that whenever you rode in a car, the car itself wasn't moving, but taht it was pushing the earth behind it, causing it to appear to be moving.