Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

Tony Barnes By Tony Barnes, 18th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/35u3wr48/
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Driving on the left can be scary, but once you adjust its a lot of fun.

Driving British

My British friends hated it when I described it as ‘driving on the wrong side of the road’. I was scared to death to drive when I first got stationed in England. But, by the time I had been there a few weeks my Ford Mustang arrived in port. I drove very, very carefully and slowly at first but it didn’t take me long to become accustomed to it.

I loved the roundabouts once I understand their advantage. Roundabouts keep the traffic flowing smoother than our long series of traffic lights that go through out cities. One of the craziest roundabouts I encountered was in Swindon, England and is known as the Magic Roundabout. It is 5 roundabouts circling a 6th counter clockwise roundabout. Locals zip through it, but if you are not accustomed you creep through them while being very tense.

Whenever we would pick up a new troop at the airport, it was fun to watch them go to the driver’s side of an English vehicle. We would throw them the keys and tell them they were driving. They would usually back away from even touching the keys as if they were a hot potato.

Driving on the left had its nuances when driving an American vehicle. If one were to get on the country roads that are only two lanes wide, it gets hazardous when driving behind a lorry (British term for truck) because you can’t see around them to pass. This is due to a right hand drive vehicle placing the driver closest to the side of the road.

If a person buys a standard transmission car, it can become difficult to learn to shift with your left hand. But, for an automatic transmission it’s not quite as challenging. But, all in all driving in England can be a lot of fun.

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Automatic Transmission, British, England, Ford Mustang, Magic Roundabout, Roundabout, Standard Transmission, Swindon

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author avatar Tony Barnes
I am a native Texan who spent 3 years in the Marine Corps Reserves and 25 years on active duty in the Air Force. I have been a Christian since 1985 and am an ordained minister. I am conservative politically and love to study history. I publish a mont...(more)

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Nov 2013 (#)

Crazy driving indeed, Tony!

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author avatar joyalariwo
19th Nov 2013 (#)

An interesting piece Tony, thanks for sharing.

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