When I was little, my parents took one of the bench seats out of the van and put up the wooden playpen for the us to sit in. At least we were contained and not roaming around the car! I clearly remember when the seat belt law in Michigan was enacted. I was so bummed that we had to ride in the backseat and be belted! So unfair!
I also remember riding in the back of a pick-up truck with a bunch of my cousins...once, a tree branch got one of the kids and she had a bloody nose.
I also remember walking or riding bikes about 2 miles to the nearest convenience store for candy at a very young age.
My mom also used rum as a teething remedy. It really does seem to have been a pretty common treatment.
There are so many more!