Father’s Day Memories of Learning to Drive with Dad and Ford Canada-Giveaway

Growing up in small-town Saskatchewan, one of my earliest memories was driving down gravel roads in my dad’s old Ford truck. He had an acreage on the edge of the Qu’Appelle valley and there were times we’d go driving on roads that were little more than tracks in the grass. On the top of the valley, Dad used to occasionally let me, the oldest child, sit and steer the truck across his property. I started out sitting in his lap and then, as I got older, was eventually allowed to drive on the acreage roads myself, with Dad beside me keeping a watchful eye on me!

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Just like me, Zackary has always loved being behind the wheel!

For many children in Saskatchewan, those times spent out with our fathers were our first driving lessons, often started a decade before we would be eligible to actually take driving lessons and get that coveted Learner’s License. Any child whose parents owned a farm or acreage had so much open private property that it just made sense to take advantage of it. And those bonding moments with my dad driving around in that old Ford truck remain some of my favourite memories of time spent with him to this day.

Now Father’s Day is just days away and I can’t help but find myself reminiscing about those times spent driving with my dad. And Ford Canada knows that I’m not the only one! That’s why the company has put together a fabulous Father’s Day giveaway. One lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader is going to win a Ford Genuine Parts Bar Stool with Back Rest, a Ford ball cap and a Ford Genuine Parts Pint Glass Set containing a 5 qt. Metal Bucket, four Pint Glasses, 12 Coasters and a Bar Towel, a total value of $250! To enter to win, just leave a blog comment about a favourite memory of spending time with your dad!

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This Father’s Day, I’ll be heading out to my dad’s acreage with my brother and sister and all our kids to surprise our dad and enjoy a little time together. We’ll enjoy the warm Saskatchewan spring, cook up some burgers on the barbeque and let the kids run around and spend time with their grandpa. And chances are pretty good that Zackary and his cousin Anna, at eight and seven, will get the chance to drive with Grandpa in the truck just like we all did as kids. It’s one of those traditions that I hope will continue for generations to come, because I know it’s one that creates memories that last forever!
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183 thoughts on “Father’s Day Memories of Learning to Drive with Dad and Ford Canada-Giveaway”

  1. When I was a teen and didn’t have my own car, my best friend and I used to always want to borrow his car but didn’t want to come right out and ask. We would sit with him at the kitchen table hinting about how much better the night would be if we had a car to drive. He would always offer it up eventually but not before torturing us for a while. Looking back now, I loved the chats we had while waiting for him to cave in.

  2. I will always remember sitting on my laps and helping him to drive when I was very young, and then when he taught me to drive standard at the age of 14, oh the memories

  3. Crystal Englot

    My favorite memory is with my step dad! I used to have such a tough time with multiplication when I was in grade school, so when I was 9 years old he took me out in the tractor for an evening and drilled me on my multiplication table for hours and hours. For most kids this would drive them nuts, but for me I loved it! Spending that time with him riding around the field in the tractor is a memory that I will always treasure!

  4. He let me start his own car and steered the steering wheel for a second and showed me how to drive his car

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