We join Lum and Abner while they’re on the road back to Pine Ridge in Lum’s new car. Since Lum doesn’t know how to drive, Abner has been giving him lessons, but it’s still slow going. Lum is wore to a frazzle, and the complexity of driving makes him wish he had won a team of horses and a wagon.
Abner’s patience is wearing thin as he tries to teach Lum once again how to start the car. Will they ever get back with Lum needing to stop and rest every few feet? It’s not the driving as much as the other drivers on the road. Can’t Abner clear them away for Lum? The way Lum races the engine, Abner’s afraid he’ll strip the gears, or do some other damage to the car.
That doggone high tech jargon is overwhelming to Lum. Things like: starter, key, ignition, clutch, and the liked. Why do they have to use such words on this high tech equipment. Lum will never be able to keep it all straight. Lum’s on a roll as he cruises down the road, but he’s just barely managing to stay between the lines, and keep the shiney side up and the greasy side down. After a mishap, the car ends up in a ditch.