... really changes how you think about driving.
When I was taught how to drive, my mind's focus was learning how to get from point A to point B. How to make turns, how to make basic maneuvers. That was the point of driving, to me.
I was in that old white sedan, that had two steering wheels and two gas/brake pedals. The driving instructor, speaking in his Chinese accented Chinese in his stilted English. He was pretty hand-holdy at first, but eventually I was able to learn how to make maneuvers pretty reliably. Not like I had a car, both my parents had their cars that they needed more than I do.
Eventually my mom got a new one and gave her old one to me - a 2004 Chevrolet Tracker. At this point this car was basically part of my childhood.
I was driving home about 3 AM, coming from work. I was making a turn and climbing up to the crest of a hill, some asshole was shining a bright white flashlight into my faceand I didn't take the hint to slow down. Then there was a firetruck. I crashed and lost a left headlight and left mirror, and the driver door no longer opens fully.
So. I am left without a car. I pretty much destroyed a part of my childhood. I can spin the story to make it appear that the firetruck is liable for blocking two out of three lanes in the most ridiculously bad spot possible, past the crest of the hill, around a corner, which would give me only 3 seconds to react to find out that they were not parked on the shoulder but blocking two lanes out of three. But, I'm out of luck. I've been working with insurance and tried contacting some lawyers. In the legal system I'm in, I have no way to shift the liability on to them and it's entirely on me.
I used to be afraid of accidents since I have no financial ability to own up to anything that happens, then after some driving experience, I stopped being afraid of them. Now, I'm afraid of them again.
So, what have I learned? I should treat driving more like a game of liability. Next time I am ever in a car accident, I want to be able to say, "I am not liable for this accident." My driving style changed almost overnight ever since that incident.
Some lessons, you have to learn the hard way.