Hypnotised Driver

‘Hypnotist Henry Blythe, gives his daughter Sally, 17, advice before she starts a driving lesson at Torquay, England, Jan 15, 1960. Blythe says he hypnotizes her as he has some 40 other new drivers, all of whom have passed their test. Sally has not yet taken her test.’ [via Retronaut]

Sydney Morning Herald - May 5, 1960
     Posted By: Alex - Sat May 03, 2014
     Category: 1960s | Cars

Now-a-days it most driver are hypnotized by their cell phones.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/03/14 at 10:14 AM
When/where I grew up, we could get a driver's license at 14 (family had to own a farm).

A guy I knew got his license at 14, drove without incident until he went in the service where he learned to fly copters. After he got out and moved to a new state, he had to take the driving test. Flunked four times in a row because the lib driving instructor hated GIs. State refused to let him take the test with an unbiased instructor.
Posted by Phideaux on 05/03/14 at 10:21 AM
So, relaxing with a couple of martinis before taking the test isn't the correct way to go?

The part it sounds as though she flunked is "turning in the road, using the forward and reverse gears", which is one of the harder parts of the test. It's commonly referred to as the three-point turn, although there's no requirement for only using three points; five is acceptable as well. 17, and you're going to have to do some explaining. Touching the kerb at any point in the maneuver is a fail. The toughest part is the hill start, where you must move off from rest on an uphill slope, without rolling backwards. That involves coordinating all four limbs: gas, clutch, handbrake and steering wheel. It's easy after the first couple of hundred times...
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 05/03/14 at 11:46 AM
When I was in high school there was a scandal at the local DMV. Any ´non-white´that took their test with `Mr. X´ failed beacuse in his own words(defense) he said (at his hearing) that "Darkies aren´t smart enough to know how to drive" The state replaced him with an unbiased instructor
Posted by F.U.D. on 05/03/14 at 11:56 AM
Most of the cars over here still have manual transmissions but, if you want to spend the €€s you can get a 'no roll backwards on a hill' kit added.

Personally, I learned what the friction point was and how to use it. Two feet and no hand brake.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/03/14 at 01:32 PM
I am pretty good at three point turns. The newer DMV office in my area flunks everyone on the first try for the revenue.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/03/14 at 05:15 PM
If it is not your car, it is easy to do a three-point turn on one. 😊

I grew up on a farm and could double clutch the old grain truck when I was about 10. So I was embarassed when I failed on my first try. :red:

I'm kinda proud that my 22 year old truck does not have a dent. It is a manual.
Posted by BMN on 05/03/14 at 08:12 PM
I drove my instructor over to the donut shop. Had a donut with him then drove back to the high school.

It's not what you know, it's who you know!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/03/14 at 11:22 PM
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