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Old 11-12-2014, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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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
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Broomfield, Colorado
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I wouldn't, and think it was almost as foolish then as it would be now.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:41 AM
 
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More foolish now as I am sure.the 8 year old would be texting or playing minecraft while driving
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:54 AM
 
Location: NY
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I sometimes wonder whether all 16 year olds are ready for the responsibility, I doubt many 8 year olds are.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Broomfield, Colorado
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I sometimes wonder whether all 16 year olds are ready for the responsibility, I doubt many 8 year olds are.
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.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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why lots of kids ride Dirt Bikes, Go-karts and ATV's at that age and back then it would of been no different since most of the Roads back then would be Dirt Roads and a modern 125cc Dirt Bike would have more power then a car back then.

Plus lots of kids still grow up and work on family farms an drive tractors and farm vehicles today so not really that big of deal back then IMO
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:13 AM
 
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While not a great idea, it was probably "safer" back then due to the number of other cars on the road with far less distractions. Put an 8 year old in dfw and you'll have a pile up in about 19 seconds


As GTOLover said though, I drove gokarts and gators and four wheelers by myself starting around age 5. Made mistakes, learned from it, still alive so it worked out ok for me.
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Old 11-13-2014, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Edsel Ford was born in 1893, making it 1901 when he was 8 years old.


Driving a 1901 Ford is a lot different than a modern car. I don't think the Ford Horseless Carriage could break 20MPH at all and the amount of cars on the road was pretty much limited to upper class at that point. So a car was a rare thing.


Not saying letting an 8-year old drive is right, but not like he had a 400HP Mustang at his disposal and commuting down I-90. He just had an opportunity at the right time in history.
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Old 11-13-2014, 11:02 AM
 
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Not much different than an 8 year old driving a modern lawn tractor really.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO19orKluBQ
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Old 11-13-2014, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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You'd be surprised the number of eight years olds on farms that drive tractors.
And on the road.
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