Last weekend we rented a car here in Scotland for the first time since we moved here nine months ago. We got a great deal on a little (the smallest they had) car, with a manual transmission -- this means I had the privilege of driving all weekend, as Darren doesn't drive a 'stick'. So early Friday morning my adventures in driving began.
I was very nervous about driving here, but it was not as hard as I expected. The flow of traffic really helps... just follow the guy in front of you. However, I did get disoriented a few times after turning onto a new road, especially when making a left-hand turn.
Any time I went to turn right I found myself looking over my shoulder to check my blind spot because it felt like I was turning across two lanes of traffic (imagine turning right from the inside lane...).
I adjusted fairly quickly to changing gears with my left hand, though it was a little harder when under pressure. I found that my right hand was not as accustomed to holding the wheel steady while shifting.
And Darren can attest that I favored the left side a little too much, trying to stay far away from the oncoming traffic on the right. I admit I ran over a curb at least once, but the victory is that I never hit anything.
Stay tuned for more about our adventures in some upcoming. And feel free to ask me all those crazy questions about driving on the opposite side of the road!
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