We Had Some Narrow Escapes

Were cars in 1940 harder to drive or is Babu just really bad?

Sunday, April 7th, 1940

Maybe I spent all of a half hour at home today.  After church Jakey took me riding and gave me my first driving lesson.  He got provoked a few times but on the whole we did well.

Admittedly, that does not seem like a terrible start.


Saturday, May 4th, 1940

After we took everyone home, Peaches let me drive to Northampton.  On the way home I drove him crazy learning to turn corners.  We had some narrow escapes.


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Friday, July 5th, 1940

Jakey came up this evening, too and he shouldn’t have cause we could both helped at home.  Me anyway.  Of course we had fun reading on the porch and then I got a driving lesson and we argued.  But we never go home mad.  Driving one is very apt to disagree.

Well, Babu, he may have a reason to be a little irate if you are as bad of a driver as you seem to be!  The man values his life, and his car!june 2 1940 13

Monday, July 8th, 1940

Peaches came and we decided to go swimming; so we went.  Stayed in the water about ten minutes and sat and lounged in the car.  Then I drove back.  It was perfect driving.

Pride goeth before the fall.


Monday, July 22nd, 1940

Fila took Edmund and Jake and me driving.  Then I drove Jakey’s car and taking my “Waterloo” corner on Newbury Street, I hit another car.  Didn’t hurt him much but dented Jakey’s dented fender a lot worse.  He regards it as a joke but I think it’s terrible.

Is it so hard to turn a corner in a car?  Well, if I’m honest with myself, I was also scared to try to take turns when I was learning how to drive standard my first time.  I’m guessing the car she was learning on was a standard, too.

And what does she mean by “Waterloo” corner?  Is she using that to mean her downfall?car

Wednesday, July 24th, 1940

Then Cookie took me for a driving lesson. As long as there are no cars around I drive well-well, so, so.

As. Long. As. There. Are. No. Cars. Around.

Thursday, August 15th, 1940

Lately, Peaches always gets angry when I drive so when we got home I was crying.

Poor Babu!

At least Babu was not the only one who drove Jakey’s car so poorly.

Monday, April 15th, 1940

Nellie tried to back out of the garage herself this morning and succeeded in arousing Jacob’s temper and putting another dent in the car.

I get it.  It’s a different story when your sister puts a dent in your car from when your girl does it.

Well, as it turns out, absolutely no one is perfect.

Tuesday, November 26th, 1940

It was snowing hard and fast when we got out but Jake and Ed took Nat and I for a drive.  We had a bad scare and almost an accident, when Jake slid on the car tracks and couldn’t keep control.  He acted glad that we were together when he said good-night.  Carried me over the door.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. I can relate to this as I tried and failed to learn to drive. I would have been, like Babu, a good driver when nobody else was around. In the end I decided that I’d be too nervous a driver to be very safe. Were cars harder to drive then? I suspect they might have been. Manual gears, huge steering wheels, no ABS braking system and none of the electronics that are taken for granted in a modern car.They were fabulous looking cars though. I love to see vintage cars.

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    1. Haha, I agree with everything here!

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