How to practice driving for “FREE”

Something to do for fun 🙂 I think this blog is getting to serious with each post. It’s about time to lighten things a bit.

“FREE” is a word which always has the potential to attract attention. Perhaps one of the reason’s why you are curious to know what this article is all about. Isn’t it?

Today, I’ll share my strategy, which enabled me, to practice and hone my driving skills, and at the same time, enjoy driving a variety of cars. This, at a time, when:
+ I had just about learned how to drive a car.
+ I had applied for and passed my driving test, to get a valid driver’s license.
+ I did not own a car and did not have any other source of access to one.

It was a very practical and extremely fun approach and it worked for me. Small thing to do but definitely great for those who have a deep rooted desire to drive a variety of cars.

Heres what you do:

  1. Start calling the car dealerships expressing interest in buying one of their models and request for a test drive. You would be surprised at the willingness to oblige a potential customers.
  2. Drive the car for at least 7-10 kms. to get a good feel of the machine and its mannerisms. And then get off with a “will confirm soon” expression.
  3. Every week, it would be a different model/make/variant.
  4. In about 6 weeks, you would have a great deal of confidence and skill to handle the car on the bad traffic roads.

The best part of doing so is that:

  • It is completely hassle free!
  • It is also “FREE”.
  • The car is insured, so just in-case you ding the vehicle, it is taken care of. A word of caution here: Just make sure you don’t crash into a person, else there are severe legal repercussions to that.
  • And you don’t have to worry about gas prices either.

Ensure that you at least have a learner’s license so that you are not on the wrong side of the law.
Have fun! Happy driving. Just make arrangements to handle the numerous ‘follow-up’ phone-calls from the marketing guys of the auto company (I am sure, they are going to be quite a few, depending on how many models you tried 🙂 ).

Warning: It is illegal to drive if you don’t have a driver’s license and/or you are below the age of 18 years, in India. Do not do something stupid and spend the rest of your sorry existence, regretting it!

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