Author Jack Kerouac did not do much of the driving for his book On the Road. His real-life travel companion on the trips throughout the 1940s that inspired the 1957 critically acclaimed travel tale, author Neal Cassady, went on record stating that Kerouac could not drive.
According to Cassady, in 1952 in Mexico City, he decided it was time to make Kerouac drive; however, when Kerouac attempted to, he stalled in the middle of traffic because he didn’t know how to operate a clutch. Kerouac reportedly said he didn’t drive, but rather only could “typewrite.”
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