When did you learn to drive? For me, it was the summer of 1976, the year I turned 16, and I'd been itching to drive for about 4 years before that. My school didn't offer Driver's Ed classes so I had to take private lessons. They paid off because I passed both the written and driving test the first time. I remember hearing stories of schools that did offer those classes and God bless the teachers who climbed in a car with two or three students. It also seems it's been a while since these classes were offered maybe because of budget cuts from failed school levies. Well, they're returning to some Akron schools. Read more here. Here's hoping they catch on again and after a comprehensive course in the classroom and time behind the wheel, they turn out a new crop safe and conscientious drivers.