I thought that I would do a new thing on my blog regarding the main difference versus living in America and England. Today I thought I would talk about cars and driving.
In England you have to be 17 to drive.
You get a provisional licence before you pass your test which allows you to drive with another person, (who has passed their test) . As long as you have 'L' plates stuck onto the front and back of your car.
You are not allowed to drive on motorways, (highways) until you have passed your test.
99% of people will take their test in a manual (stick) car.
Our steering wheel is on the other side of the car. I have been in America for nearly three years and weekly I still try to get in the passenger side of my car. People look at me strangely and wonder what I am doing, I suppose some habits you just can't break.
We obviously drive on the other side of the road too. Luckily I have mastered this and have not yet veered onto the other side of the road!!
This is a typical county road, a single two way road with lots of bends.
This is the kind of road I had where I lived, a very small country lane with only room for one car with deadly bends. Often you have to reverse if another car comes the other way. Also, lots of beeping before going round the corners!!
This is what our number plates look like, no states/counties. Just GB for Euro recognition. They are white on the front of the car and yellow on the back.
This is our driving licence, it is in two parts, one card with photo and one piece of paper which has all your driving records on, (as in if you have been caught speeding or ever be banned etc.). The main difference is that in England you do not have to have your driving licence with you. You can drive without having it on you. If you happened to get stopped by police, they ask you to take your driving licence to your nearest police station or just send them in a copy. I have to really remind myself to have mine with me at all times over here.
We don't have the stop sign system over in England, instead we have lots and lots of roundabouts. Sometimes mini roundabouts, (with one lane) or mega roundabouts which could have five or six lanes. You get pretty used to them, you just have to make sure you are in the right lane.
People have very small cars in England, not like over here. Mainly because they are easy to get around, park etc and secondly they are far cheaper for petrol, (gas). Petrol is so expensive in England. It is roughly $6.69 a gallon. Back home I had a similar car to the one out here. At home it used to cost me $150 to fill it up, where as here it costs me $38.
Most people drive manual cars.