I was no more than 7 years old when I learned how to drive a car. It took some broken Lamborghini's before I managed to understand the stick shift, but once that was out of the way and what side of the road to drive on, I was good to go.
I remember this game as quite fun, even if it couldn't be compared to Lotus that came a couple of years after. The graphics in Lotus was just stunning.
I think that this racing game was quite extraordinary for its time. It pretty much set the format of racing for many years to come. If you think about it, Need for Speed is pretty much the same as Test Drive, even if you can see the car from behind now adays.