Bear's thread about stick shift driving reminded me that I never had the driver part of driver's ed. Since my birthday was in the summer and school was over-stocked with kids in DE, I got my license before they could get me scheduled for the road class.
The cool thing is that my school offered an advanced driver training class. We had a 74 Pontiac Catalina with the police package that they would take us out to a closed portion of Interstate 78 and teach us safety maneuvers. As an example, the car was rigged so that the instructor could blow the front tire at high speed so you could learn to handle the vehicle if ever that happened to you. (Came in handy for me personally, and worked like a charm). Emergency evasive maneuvers, driving on ice (soap slickened roadway) and other cool stuff. We got a 15% discount on our insurance for passing the course (a major premium in NJ, where rates are astronomical).
On the seedier side, the instructor had apparently become fond of the young co-eds and had been caught acting inappropriately. He was slapped on the wrist and the policy became that he had to have a male driver included in each road class. Our senior class "willed" him a blow-up doll for the glove box
My mom never got her driver's license (Be very glad all you NH residents). She signed up for the class from Sears and took the test but somehow managed to stall out an automatic during a three-point ("K") turn. The instructor ordered her from behind the wheel and drove the car back himself, destroying her confidence forever (and doing a service to all the other drivers in the northeast).
So, how and when did you learn to drive? Who wrecked the DE car? Any driver's license test stories you care to share?