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Old 11-14-2014, 09:15 AM
 
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You'd be surprised the number of eight years olds on farms that drive tractors.
And on the road.
I used to drive in the country in the early eighties around age 9-10. It was how I learned to drive. There weren't other cars around.
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:24 AM
 
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My grandfather started driving a tractor at 8, a car around town at 11. But, that was a very, very long time ago. Hardly the complexities of modern day driving.
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Old 11-14-2014, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Edsel Ford, a gift from his father Henry Ford, got his own car at 8 year of age and drove himself to and from school with it, with the absence of a legal minimum driving age. And he spent hours tinkering in the workshop his father equipped for him, filling his schoolbooks with drawings of cars.

Hey! What's wrong with that!!!

And by age 10? Driving from Dearborn into Detroit to have lunch with his father?

Source: Ford, The Men and the Machine by Robert Lacey
Let's see, Edsel was born in 1893 so he would have been 8 in 1901. Most likely the car could go no faster than 5 mph.

Were 8-year-old boys typically allowed to drive pony carts in 1901?
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Old 11-14-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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Considering the numbers of people in their 20s, 30s, and beyond who aren't, there really shouldn't be any question that the answer here is no.
It would need to be a responsible kid.

The incapable people you are describing in their 20's and 30's were coddled or mentally deficient IMO.

Annie Oakley was shooting and hunting to support her family at age 8.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:22 PM
 
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Why is this even on here? Belongs in the History. A hundred years from now people will think that some of the things we do today are just as stupid.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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More foolish now as I am sure.the 8 year old would be texting or playing minecraft while driving
Say what now??!!

We're not allowed to text and play Minecraft while driving??!!
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Old 11-14-2014, 01:37 PM
 
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Edsel Ford, a gift from his father Henry Ford, got his own car at 8 year of age and drove himself to and from school with it, with the absence of a legal minimum driving age. And he spent hours tinkering in the workshop his father equipped for him, filling his schoolbooks with drawings of cars.

Hey! What's wrong with that!!!

And by age 10? Driving from Dearborn into Detroit to have lunch with his father?

Source: Ford, The Men and the Machine by Robert Lacey
Only if you live somewhere such that there is absolutely zero chance of other vehicles or pedestrians. That is, a closed course.

You'd also need a car modified so an 8-year-old could see over the dash and reach the pedals. And preferably unable to go over 20 mph either, since that's the only way to limit the damage/injury done if the kid runs into a tree.


Or, I could give the short answer: No!
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Old 11-14-2014, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Staten Island
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I was driving at 14. No training, no lessons I just knew I could do it after watching countless others drive all my life. Within minutes of stealing my Mothers Camry I was fine...I then graduated to stealing my Fathers Caddy. 221 inches of pure American luxury.
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Old 11-14-2014, 05:50 PM
 
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Edsel Ford, a gift from his father Henry Ford...
Edsel Ford was "a gift from his father"?
Who knew?
This provides us with a new theory regarding human reproduction!


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Old 11-14-2014, 05:52 PM
 
Location: SC
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Edsel Ford, a gift from his father Henry Ford, got his own car at 8 year of age and drove himself to and from school with it, with the absence of a legal minimum driving age. And he spent hours tinkering in the workshop his father equipped for him, filling his schoolbooks with drawings of cars.

Hey! What's wrong with that!!!

And by age 10? Driving from Dearborn into Detroit to have lunch with his father?

Source: Ford, The Men and the Machine by Robert Lacey
Then is a LOT different from now.
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