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Sunday Driving in the 1950s

When I was a child in the 1950s my family would often go for a Sunday drive. We'd all bundle into the car, Mum and Dad in the front and us kids in the back . I'm not sure if there was ever a planned destination, but usually the trips took us out into the country. While we were being driven along we'd be encouraged to play a spotting game, who could be the first to spot a selected item. There was no prize, just the reward of being more observant than the others.

The journey usually involved an ice cream, either part way round or as we got closer to home. I'm sure my father knew all the ice cream shops and planned the trip accordingly. When our son was young my husband and I used to take him on similar Sunday outings. Now, just the two of us, we still sometimes continue the tradition, setting out with no planned destination in mind.

Those 1950s Sunday drives were great family bonding times. I wonder if young families still do this today?

Image Credit » Personal photo of Val Mills, 2014

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Madcanman wrote on January 25, 2015, 7:15 AM

I remember such drives from a time before I had to grow up and realized my family was so dysfunctional. My father would put the top down on our convertible and we'd go driving around with the sun shining down on us and the wind taking our breath away. Ahh, such memories. Thank you for reminding me of a safer, happier, more normal time many, many years ago.

valmnz wrote on January 25, 2015, 7:19 AM

And probably a time when petrol was more affordable my husband reminded me today. How wonderful that you were able to put the roof of your car down and really enjoy the ride.

glade wrote on January 25, 2015, 7:50 AM

i would love to do that with my family, perhaps one i'm back in our country i will start doing this during weekends with them. :)

vickywrites wrote on January 25, 2015, 9:54 AM

Good old memories!

vickywrites wrote on January 25, 2015, 9:57 AM

Good old memories! Such trips really make strong bonds. Presently, everyone in the family is busy. so no one has time to spend together and the ultimate result is that we miss the strong family bond.

GedWrites wrote on January 25, 2015, 10:09 AM

I thunk young families still go out together on a Sunday but I think everything is planned these days because kids demand something which they definitely know will interest them.

UK_Writer wrote on January 25, 2015, 12:07 PM

I think the cost of fuel prevents people randomly driving around these days - and the opportunities to stop are fewer. I remember in the 1960s we'd drive to the coast, to the beach - and we'd often have a picnic in the car and we'd stop at the roadside and picnic on the verge. You can't do that now.

UK_Writer wrote on January 25, 2015, 12:09 PM

My memories include having to sit behind my dad, who flicked his cigarette ash out of his window and it'd fly straight back into the car and all over me! And no amount of complaining would make him believe it was happening, I was told to "shut up" :)

CountryWine wrote on January 25, 2015, 2:19 PM

Most of my family cares too much about city life so a simple thing like that would never work. I am the only one in my family who enjoys the countryside drives.

seren3 wrote on January 25, 2015, 6:56 PM

This post does flip me back into times when I thought the world was quite perfect! Ice creams were included!

bestwriter wrote on February 1, 2015, 8:20 AM

Lot of outings whenever there were guests but well planned. We would take them to the beach close by, carry our own breakfast, sit on the beach and spend time there.