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.


Mick said...

Know what you mean about all that! Did you try to pass someone at night? And it's so much more exciting with the steering wheel on the left side of the car.

David said...

nope, left the night driving to experienced folks. with the wheel on the wrong side it was hard to get out to pass but easy to get back into the slow lane--again, backwards. and every time i made a right turn i felt like i had to look over my right shoulder…when i should have been looking left.