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8 Ways Riding In A Car Was Different Back Then

Back when cars were big, heavy, and gorgeous, it was a totally different experience riding in a car! Our folks sat up front, what Dad said went, and the car was the main way to get around. Even long trips were taken in the car to save money, so you got reacquainted with your family each and every trip. Back then cars were a little different, we didn’t have any phones or dvd players to occupy our time, and the most exciting game was either Travel Scrabble or I Spy.

1) Made of Steel

We remember back when cars were made of steel, bumpers were real, and cars had a heaviness and quality to them. Today’s cars have easily broken plastic parts. Back then, you had to be really horsing around to have broken anything on Dad’s Buick!

1960 Buick Electra Coupe

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2) Seat Belts Optional

Before every crash scenario had been tested throughly, seat belts we either unavailable (think old Chevy trucks) and or were optional. Seat belt safety laws were not prevalent until the 1980s in most states. While children were expected to be too fiddly to wear a seatbelt on a 100% of car trips, today’s laws specifically target children as the passengers who need seat belts the most.

3) Carhops

In the days before drive-thru service became the latest trend, carhops were still a fun way to get some dinner. Having never been what you would call a master on roller skates, it was so amazing to watch how speedy they were even with the trays of food. Of course, many carhops weren’t onroller skates. It was still a great outing for a kid. This is one novelty we miss a lot!

Car Hop 1945

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4) Choke Lever

We have fancy fuel injectors nowadays, but back when we had carburetors, the choke valve was necessary. If you ever helped start the car or fix the car, you might have had to deal with this little lever, most likely with your Pop yelling to either give it more choke or to ease up.

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