Getting my License:
Like any 15 year oldI was excited to learn to drive. I had driven around up on the woods at 14 but that was my experience driving so to get my permit I was excited. At 15 1/2 year old I enroll in Drivers Ed.
I went take my written test and failed. Twice. I was very upset because I missed it by so little. But my Dad told me to “get back on the horse” so I did and third times the charm. I passed.
I got my drivers license in Chelan, WA about a month after my 16th birthday. I waited because I was scared and it doest seem like it was pressing to me but while on a trip to Chelan, my Dad pulled me out of the pool and said “We’re going to go take your drivers test.” I passed the first time. Thankfully, the guy that administered the test was played back and the whole driving test lasted maybe 15 min.
Anyway, I was allowed to drive my Mom’s 2008 Malibu when she was not using it, I was rarely allowed to drive my Dad’s 2009 Hummer.
I was content driving their cars and being driven most places.
In 2013 I bought my first car. She was a 1997 Ford Taurus, in Gold. She had 115,000 miles on her. I named her Gloria and I was in love. Now, she smelled like cigarettes (I don’t smoke) and it was gross. But four bottles of fabric spray later, she still smelled like cigarettes. Anyway, I was so proud to have my own wheels.
I was following my friend to go get coffee and she turned left on a solid green light (yield to on coming traffic) I pulled up saw no one and turned left. Then out of no where a green car appeared just as i saw him hit the side of my car. The impact pushed my rear end over a lot and seared my break lines, so I could not stop and hit a pole. The first thing I remember was looking up and seeing a passenger of another car mouth to me “Are you okay?” I nodded.
The next thing I did was pull my phone out from under the passenger seat where it had fallen and called my Dad, he answered and I said “I got in a wreck” He replied “where?” about a min and thirty seconds later my Dad was on scene he parked in a near by church lot and ran over to me. I was okay, the guy that hit me was okay. The police then showed up… all six of them and they looked me over and the guy that hit me and guided traffic til the tow truck could get there about five min later.
Thank the Lord, the guy that hit me Willy, I later learned, was wonderful. He saw I was a young kid and felt bad but stuck to the story that I turned in front of him when he had the right of way which he did. So I got a $175 ticket. My new car was totaled. The impact bent the axel. I was not injured thankfully just a little stiff the next day from the whiplash.
Anyway, my insurance covered everything and I took a 6 hour on a Saturday, driving course for $125, and that cancelled out the ticket.
However, I was left afraid to drive.
About a month later, I bought my second car Bu. She was a 2007 Malibu Maxx with 120,000 miles. I was in love. She was a HUGE step up from Gloria, and thought he monthly payment was astronomical (248$) I was very happy.
Me and my ex-boyfriend were driving in Spokane Valley, WA from the grocery store to his house. He was driving. It was a four min drive from the grocery store to his house. Anyway I was looking at my phone in my lap when he went to turn right and a white car drove in to the side of us.
The first words out of my ex’s mouth were “I’m sorry.” I felt worse for him than I did for me. We pulled out of traffic and got out. I had to really push the door to open it. But we got out and my ex went over to the other driver and he said he and his passenger were okay. I called my Dad, again. He again replied “Where?” and was there in a matter of min. The police then showed up and looked everyone over and wrote 2 tickets… one to my ex, and one to the other driver fro having a 10 year old riding shotgun, that was too small for the front seat.
We them called my Ex’s Dad for this trailer and towed my car to my ex’s house. I remember after the police where done and we were free to leave, my Dad asked if I wanted to go with him or with my Ex and his Dad, and I looked at my Ex and asked him what he wanted me to do. He said come with us. So I did and we made the best peach pie I had ever had.
We sustained minor injuries in this crash, My ex had a large brush on his chest from a necklace he was wherein with ring on it. The metal ring was shoved in to his chest from the seat belt. I oddly got a huge brush on my hip also from the seat belt. Also, there was groceries on the floor by my feet when he hit and so I accidentally stepped on about 12/18 eggs.
I was relived in a way to have my insurance cover everything and not have to make that care payment anymore. I actually made money in the total, and payed off the care and pocketed the few hundred dollars.
Fast foreward to 2017 and I bough my current car, also a Malibu. Bu, as we call her is a 2009 Malibu LT, with 88,000 Miles. I love her most of all.
She is way better on the monthly payments. Literally, like half of what I was paying before and the insurance is low as well.
I have been driving her for a year so far and have loved every min of it. Heated seats are so wonderful in the winter and she is so good I spend like a measly $15 a week on gas, and me and my sister drive all over town. I have never had a problem with her and only ever put gas and oil and wiper fluid in her. She runs like a champ and is safe. Which is most important.
Here are some pictures of my cars though the years…