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Do You Let Others Drive Your Ride?

Posted in Camaro, Chevrolet, Dodge, Domestic Rides, General, Rides by MrAngry | March 25th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

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For some, letting others drive your car is like letting them date your girlfriend or wife, which means that the odds of it happening are slim to none. Yet for others, it’s really not that big of a deal and in fact, you actually get some enjoyment out of it. Personally, I think that cars are meant to be enjoyed and experienced by all those around them, but that’s if, and only if, you prove yourself to be worthy of the keys. As mentioned, a man’s car is probably third in line to only his wife and kids as far as his affections go. That means that if you are lucky enough to get behind the wheel you must treat it with respect. In the past I’ve let people drive my cars and in fact was quite free with the keys. However, there have been times where people have either damaged or abused my rides which has now made me much more cautious about who sits in the drivers seat. In the end I think it comes down to trust.

If the other person has proven themselves either as a friend, or a friend of a friend that they trust, then you shouldn’t have any problems. Just make sure that they know the consequences if something goes wrong. Like the old adage says… you break it, you bought it.

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7 Responses

  1. SouthernGuy8503 says:

    I don’t let other people drive my truck except for my mom (she’s the one saying “I brought you into the world so I can take your a** out”) and a couple girls. Other’s I haven’t even let move a few feet. I honestly don’t know why I’m like that, just am.

  2. Canrith says:

    It’s exactly like you said, they have to earn both trust, and have proven that they can actually respect a car.

  3. Jim says:

    Nope. Don’t trust people much on anything. Sorry, too many incompetent people out there. Hence the reason I do all the work on my car, house, taxes, and just about everything else.

  4. Anthony says:

    I let my gf of 1 year drive my new(used) 2000 tib. Still my gf now of 3 years I wouldn’t let her drive my new 2011 Lancer. I trust her… I don’t trust other drivers and if something happens to my car than i have to live with it and I cant bring myself to that. Wouldn’t let a friend even sit in the drivers seat.

  5. 68SportFury says:

    I’ve always liked driving different cars, and when I’ve had the opportunity to drive friends’ cars, I’ve always exercised the same care I would if it were mine.
    I learned to drive a stick on a friend’s ’68 Road Runner with a built 440. Fourteen years later, the same friend let me drive his new ’95 Corvette. During that drive, we had this conversation:
    HIM: Come on, why don’t you step on it?
    ME: I’ve been driving your brand-new and expensive car–which is the fastest thing I’ve driven this decade–in heavy traffic–for FIVE MINUTES. THAT’S why I don’t step on it.
    And that’s why you can be sure I won’t wreck your SRT8 or your Hemi or your Six Pack or anything else of yours you might let me drive. I’m a firm believer in going slow and easy until I get a feel for the car.

  6. James Hecker says:

    A year ago I moved to florida for school and took my bmw 323 convertible with me. I made friends with a columbian student named Jorge. We would hang out a lot and since he liked my car so much I let him drive it a couple times and he was respectful and responsible with it. Several months later there were four of us in the car going to a bar and I was letting Jorge drive. We came to a stop at a red light in a four lane road. there was one car in front of us and another adjacent to that one in the next lane. Jorge said to me “hey James, can I drive like I drive in Columbia?” to which I foolishly responded “uhh, sure.” thinking columbian drivers can’t be all that bad. When the light turned green the car directly in front of us accelerated slightly faster than the one adjacent to it leaving a gap so narrow I wouldn’t dream of passing through let alone parallel parking into. However Columbians dream bigger, or in this case, smaller than Americans. Jorge held second gear at about 30 mph and drove the car through this opening like a child’s head through a stairway banister. I was almost sure that my car was going to make contact with one of the other cars but somehow it didn’t. Never have I ever screamed out “JORGE!!! WHAT THE F**K!!! WHAT THE F**K JORGE!!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!” I repeated this phrase several times as the other two gentlemen in the car laughed at me. I had him pull over at the nearest parking lot and told him that I was driving from then on. He begged and pleaded to let him continue driving but there was no way in hell I would.

    So word to the wise: if a foreign friend of yours asks if they can drive your car the way they drive in their home country, tell them “Hell no!”

  7. inthebuff says:

    I let friends and family drive my 2002 Ford T-bird, my pride and joy, as Kurt can attest to.

    When I offer to let them drive, they almost always have a look of surprise in their eyes (like a kid on Christmas morning) and respond with a “No…I couldn’t”. To which I reply, “it’s just a car.”

    Then they get behind the wheel. And make me take a picture. And then they post it on Facebook.

    And it’s more than a car. It’s a thing of beauty. And a thing of joy.

    Seeing folks so giddy over something as simple as a car, is almost…let me repeat…ALMOST…as enjoyable as driving it myself.