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Driving in England


Driving On The Left

February 6, 2013

 Reflecting on passing my driving test 2 years ago,

I now find myself to be an ‘ambidextrous driver’

Which means, when I look at a road with no markings

I could pull into either lane, as they both feel right (!)

Driving in England

It means to get in the driver’s seat,

I might open the right door or the left door

I may look over my right shoulder or left shoulder for the seat belt

In other words,

it just gives me more opportunity to look like a total heel

Now, a curious thing is staircases

Walk on the left or right side?

I find pedestrians aren’t consistent with this one

(or on sidewalks)

Here’s a few other curiosities

Recently I noticed there are no fire hydrants in England

Instead, they have unassuming water taps in the road for emergencies

These street drains are actually miracle workers

making water disappear almost instantly on roads when raining

They are smaller than the American versions
and more efficient

England is more rural than outsiders realize
I spied this less than 20 miles from the center of London

What a hilarious slogan for a portable toilet business

Many old buildings had very short doors
(only the wealthy had tall ones)

This clever restaurant padded the top of their 5’ door frames

Duck or else


I still find little culinary adventures
This prune/bacon morsel is called Devils On Horseback

And I continue to be amazed by how brief the winters are here

Snowdrops and daffodils are already blooming

with crocuses on the way

Love that!

More posts on driving in England here

vintage 1950s

The Driving Test Saga Continues

Thank you for all the well-wishes and for following for what feels like a never-ending tale of getting my UK Driver’s License. What great troopers you are!  – For a quick recap, it is a three-step process which takes at least 6 months to…

March 26, 2011
Retro VW

Nervous Nellie Gets A UK Drivers License, Part III

  So let’s just cut to the chase. Nervous Nellie FAILED! I can’t believe I actually failed the Hazard Perception part of the driving test. The horror! – The Hazard Perception test is like playing a video game with cars pulling out in front…

January 15, 2011
UK Driver's License

Nervous Nellie Gets A UK Drivers License, Part I

– Remember when Nervous Nellie went to France through the Chunnel? Well, I’m she’s back! and now needing to start the process of getting herself a UK driver’s license. – So I have less than one year to complete two written tests and a practical driving exam…

October 6, 2010
Mini Cooper

Recounting First Day Driving

– When I woke up on my second day in England, I was gripped by the panic of driving. My hubby was going to work the next day, and I would need to drive for errands, grocery shopping, etc. Grab the horns of that…

July 30, 2010