Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Doing it wrong - first impressions
We just got back from 4 days in England, which was our first experience with driving on the left. My first experience, I should say. Rita declined to have anything to do with it. It wasn't as bad as I expected, maybe because what I expected was death in a giant fireball. Low expectations triumph again. As others had assured me, it wasn't too bad on divided highways. Rita had to remind me a couple of times that the right lane was the fast lane, not the slow lane, but other than that it went okay. The traffic circles were a little weird because you go through them clockwise instead of "anticlockwise," as you do in the driving-on-the-right world. What really took some getting used to, though, was meeting oncoming traffic on two-lane roads. It was okay as long as you were behind another car and felt protected, but the first few times you meet someone all by yourself, it's just…wrong.