I learnt driving in-house in my late dad's Standard Herald in the late 1960s. I didn't join any driving school. My maternal uncle, who was just 4 years elder than me, was my guru. My dad, who was a disciplinarian, didn't allow me to touch the wheel of his brand new two-door sedan, Herald that he had bought for Rs 16,000+ from Union Motors, Mount Road, Madras. However, he used my services for washing the car! But, my uncle helped me clandestinely and taught me the first lessons of car driving in the absence of my dad. Herald used to be manufactured in India by Standard Motors Products with its plant located at Vandalur near Madras. In UK, it was known as Standard Triumph. I liked the reserve lever on the petrol tank in the boot, just like the ones provided in the two-wheelers. When Herald comes to a grinding halt due to lack of fuel, we had to operate the lever manually so that the reserve fuel would start flowing in. Our gray Herald looked cute with her all white-walled tyres, which were a fashion statement on those days. It had powerful and bright headlamps of Lucas-TVS brand. Later, my dad replaced his Herald with FIAT 1100 Delight, which was the first FIAT in our family. However, I used to feel a bit nervous while changing the gear, mounted on its steering column. Once, while we were on a tour, a stone hit the petrol tank, completely draining the precious petrol. Only when our FIAT came to a grinding halt, did we come to know about the tragedy! On the whole, both were nice cars I enjoyed driving. Now, fellow-members can share their learning experience here.