Driving on the left-hand side of the road was one of the most stressful parts of moving to the UK. All of a sudden, after having driven for so long, you have to pay attention to everything, just like a beginner driver. It was exhausting. You crawl along for the first few weeks, freaking out at the small farm roads hardly wide enough for two vehicles to fit side-by-side (and sometimes not even that) with the national speed limit (60 freaking miles per hour!) and breathing a sigh of relief when you get on the motorways or the larger A roads where you don't feel like you're taking your life into your hands. As much. But you can't not go out; the more you drive, the better you get at it.
|How to roundabout. Thanks, Internet!|
Roundabouts, though...awesome. Really! They're efficient at managing traffic, and, once you have the hang of them, easy to maneuver around if you bother to follow the rules and signage.
For me, it took a solid six months before I was comfortable driving on the left-hand side, though there were definitely days were my brain wanted to question everything I did.
I'd compare being comfortable on the left-hand side to when you put a shirt on backwards--it's wearable, but it doesn't feel quite right. Driving on the continent was soothing, though...it felt so natural after being on the left.
Driving a British car--though there was more thinking involved and a lot of times when I'd whack my hand on the door when I went to go shift--was much easier than I'd thought it would be.
I weirdly miss driving on the other side now, and occasionally I'll catch myself thinking I need to turn on the other side of a car, or into the other entrance to a road. But it's all good so far!
Drive on over (haha) tomorrow to see what I have in store for E. Here's a hint...it's a twofer, but one of my Es sounds like another letter...