Car he learned to drive in
Born and raised in Fort Myers, Buchanon learned to drive in a Toyota during middle school. He doesn't recall what model it was, only that it had an automatic transmission. "I was driving with my mom and uncle; they had me driving from time to time," he says. "They would pull over and let me drive home two blocks away. They thought it would be good for me to drive. They just told me, 'Get behind the wheel.' I said, 'Alright, that's cool.' I got behind the wheel."
Buchanon found driving was pretty easy for the most part, especially a few years later with more practice. "The only problem I had was it was so weird when I tried to drive backwards a little bit. It felt kind of different. It wasn't hard but it was funny. I was like, 'How come I couldn't do this when I was in middle school or high school?' I guess it's because I wasn't used to driving like that."
First car bought
Buchanon attended the University of Miami, where his ride was a Greyhound bus. "My freshman year, I was catching the Greyhound every now and then from Fort Myers to Miami," he laughs. "I hated that. I was like, 'Man, it takes four hours to get from Fort Myers to Miami. Can't anybody drop me off?' No, nobody could drop me off, so I had to catch a Greyhound. I was so mad. But at the same time, it motivated me."
Between his sophomore and junior years, Buchanon bought a 1997 Chevy Malibu. "That was my baby," he says of his first car. "I didn't buy it myself; my grandmother and my mom helped. That was my transportation after my sophomore year in college. A lot of guys had cars; some guys had nice cars freshman year -- Tahoes, Escalades, a lot of BMWs, a lot of Range Rovers -- because Miami was a private school so a lot of kids were driving a lot of nice cars."
Buchanon said his cousin, Jevon Kearse, defensive end for the Tennessee Titans, was already in the NFL and wanted to buy him an Escalade or Navigator. "The reason it didn't happen was because I said, 'I really don't need it, I'm fine. I'll just keep the Malibu,'" Buchanon explains.
Favorite road trip
During the off season, Buchanon lives near Miami and enjoys driving to Atlanta, taking I-75. "Miami to Atlanta, that's probably my favorite road trip because I have a house in Atlanta too," he laughs. "That's probably why. So it makes it cool to drive."
Buchanon has good childhood memories road tripping in caravans with his family. "When I was young, we used to take a lot of road trips to Mississippi and Chicago. So I'm used to driving and taking road trips, I think they're cool, they're fun. Particularly with my uncle, we would have four vans full of family, and we would drive all the way from Fort Myers to Chicago. Everybody would be asleep, but I would just be up the whole time, looking at the scenery going by."