What Car Advice Would You Give Your Teenage Self?

State College High School Driver’s Education student Tanner Curley looks back as he parallel parks in State College, Pa., Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
State College High School Driver’s Education student Tanner Curley looks back as he parallel parks in State College, Pa., Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.

They say hindsight is 20/20 and they’re right. As respectable and responsible citizens of the roads now, we’ve come a long way from the papery provisional license days of our teenage dream years. We’re richer in experience and knowledge and we’re better off because of it. Mostly.

Advertisement

The problem with experience is that generally, something had to go wrong somewhere along the way for us to learn from it. That’s kind of how it works.

If you could go back and give your teenage self some car advice, what would it be? Don’t buy that? Don’t hoon that? Don’t sneak out with the car to meet up with that cute guy or girl from chem class after curfew?

Advertisement

For those of you who are still in your teenage years: first, I’m incredibly jealous because you can eat whatever you want and you won’t gain a pound and second, listen up, because this might be helpful to you!

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

SmugAardvark
SmugAardvark

Dear 19-year old SmugAardvark,

That ‘79 Lotus Esprit was an obscene bargain. You’re an idiot for not buying it. All old British cars leak oil and have occasional electrical issues. Suck it up and get out the wrenches, because it’s a god damn Lotus for $5,000. Dumbass.

Love and kisses,

Wrong side of 30 SmugAardvark

P.S. When you notice that rattling and shaking coming from the front of your MR2 while driving down the interstate in a couple of years, don’t be an idiot. Pull over. The wheel is about to fall off.