It’s been weird enough being a car passenger over the last couple of weeks. Getting into the right hand side of the car and not having a steering wheel in front of you, well, that’s just bonkers. Travelling on the right (or should I say WRONG) side of the road …… not normal.
Today I took it a step further. I drove our new car! Round our car park first, then down a straight road, then I went crazy and turned a few corners. Heck, at one point I even put it into reverse! The main thing you need to remember is, when turning a left hand corner, MAKE SURE YOU STAY ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD. I personally have not had a problem doing this yet. In my extensive half hour of driving, that is. But I know other people who have 😀
The other thing we keep having an issue with is remembering where we’ve parked the bloomin’ thing. It’s bad enough when you lose your trusty old car in a small Asda car park, but you try finding a hire car that you’ve only just picked up and then parked in the biggest Walmart car park you’ve ever seen ….. (although last night, queuing to leave the KISS gig, I was mightily cheered by the sight of the couple who walked past us three times in half an hour, clearly still searching for their car. Happy days…)
We have an automatic car – it’s very rare to drive a manual in the States. I keep wondering where the clutch is. Also when I pull away I really want to change into second gear. But my main problem at the moment is forgetting to take the handbrake off when I start. It won’t take long to remember, I’m sure. (It’s kind of a giveaway when you put your foot on the gas and the car goes nowhere.)