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Driving in the U.K.

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Driving in the U.K.

After being there for two weeks and observing the whole driving on the right side of the road thing, I have decided that either (a) you are all much better drivers than we Americans are or (b) your road system is far superior to ours. Either way, I was really impressed by what I saw on the roads over there. I never saw one close call or any accidents or even a car with a dent from an accident. My compliments to you all.

I was confused by all the car phone businesses I saw though. I can't even remember the last time I saw a car here in the US that had a car phone in it. I assume those businesses must be selling cellular phones.

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Yes, the Carphone Warehouse is a large chain of shops selling mobile (cell) phones. Nothing directly to do with some sort of specialist phone for cars.

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Most people ignore the Highway Code in the UK.

It's a wonder there aren't more accidents and road rage.

Drivers in the UK ignore, for example, double-yellow lines; in fact, the current Con-dem government want to actually allow people to be able to park on double-yellow lines so that they can park on top of the shops they want to visit and so they don't have to walk further than their lazy ****s can carry them.

You think that car drivers in the UK "are all much better drivers than we Americans"?

It must be Armageddon on the roads in the USA then! ;-p

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Haha do you mean CarphoneWarehouse??

Don't worry, there hasn't been a carphone in Britain for years and years, it's all mobile/cell phones - of which the above business is indeed a purveyor.

Thanks for the compliments tho. Bit crazy driving in london sometimes but on the whole the testing is a lot more stringent over here than the US which helps.

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"in fact, the current Con-dem government want to actually allow people to be able to park on double-yellow lines"

First I've heard of it. If you park on double-yellows in London, you're quite likely to get towed away.

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I suspect you noticed that they drive on the Left as opposed to the way we do. Having driven for about 5 years in the UK including Central London and in the USA for 20 years I will tell you that there are Good Drivers and bad drivers in both countries and there is no difference in driving skills or obedience to the Highway code.

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Here's a link to the item mentioned above re. parking on double yellows


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The UK has long and winding roads compared to the US's wide and straight roads so we need to be ready for our infrastructure. Well big brother society with the best CCTV system encourages us to behave properly....

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Thanks for the link, Diz and Hazeywazey. A somewhat inaccurate report from the BBC of ideas that are allegedly being discussed in government.

"Drivers in England could be given a "grace period" to pick up goods from shops ... "

In most cases that's already allowed on double yellow lines. Sloppy reporting of rumours ...

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We are very fortunate that we actually have a very good record on road safety and that we are one of the top three safest countries worldwide( based on fatalities per 100,000 of population).