I’ve mentioned it before, but I was 19 before I finally got the nerve to get my driver’s license. I was a whole bundle of paranoia, all terrified of the responsibility and so I held out for just about as long as humanly possible. But, just because I finally got my license, doesn’t mean I still wasn’t a little bit of a crazy person when it came to driving.
CONFESSION: For my first FIVE YEARS as a driver, I had to take my shoes off each and every time I got behind the wheel.
I’d say it was because it was easier for me to feel the power of the car with my bare foot, but really, I’m a loon.
If it was winter and I was wearing boots and you were my passenger, you’d have to wait for me to take my boots off before I’d turn the car on and then, when we reached our destination, you’d have to wait for me to put my shoes back on.
I started to plan my footwear around whether or not I would be driving that day, aiming for flats or flip-flops if I would be and reserving my more difficult to remove footwear for not driving days.
It was silly, to be sure.
And then I joined the military and maybe you’d think that would have ended it, but it didn’t. When I’d drive in for my weekend duty, I’d do so with one boot on, one boot off. The soles on those things! So thick! I couldn’t feel the gas pedal.
When I met Andrew and when we’d head off post for lunch, I’d let him drive my car just because I didn’t want him to know about my ridiculous no driving in shoes policy.
But then I got deployed. And in a deployment situation, even if it’s just to Kosovo, you don’t get to take your boots on and off when you get behind a wheel. So, with terror in my heart, I got over it. I worked it out. I sucked it up, and drove on. Literally. I was a wreck at first. It didn’t matter that I’d been driving for years, it was like learning to drive all over again.
Now that I know how to drive with shoes on my feet, each and every time I get behind the wheel and drive with shoes on it feels like a major accomplishment.
It’s the little things, really.
Do you have any driving quirks?
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