Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The earliest driver’s license ever issued went to none other than the earliest pioneer of automobile building, Karl Benz, later of Mercedes Benz fame. Unlike today, Mr. Benz’s license had nothing to do with meeting a driver safety training course, being able to merge into traffic on the freeway, parallel-park, or know what to do in the case of an accident. It seems Mr. Benz liked to drive his new invention, the noisy and exhaust-emitting automobile though the city, much to the displeasure of his neighbors who complained to the local constabulary. Benz applied for and received a license, perhaps more like a permit, to drive his car in town.
(Source: The longest list.com)