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Trip Report USA driver driving in England

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I thought it would be easy. Who wouldn't be able to stay on the left side of the road. I even practiced making left and right turns in my mind (narrow turn going left, wide turns going right). The reality was somewhat different.

I picked up a rental at Holyhead, Wales, and planned to drive to Shrewsbury, England. I would spend time in Shrewsbury exploring the Welch and English countryside, and then drive on to York, where I would turn in the auto.

Leaving the Ferry Terminal, I found that British drivers like to park half on the road and half of the sidewalk. This practice would result in a ticket and/or a wrecked car in the US. But I found out why: there is no place to park in England

Did mention that driving on the dual carrigeway was a dream? The rest of the roads were NARROW!. And to add insult to injury, most roads (even in the country) had stone curbs which just begged you to bounce off (which I did with alarming frequency). The problem was that you had to hug the centerline. Some oncoming drivers were very aggressive in their hugging, so I would move over and give them room, and Bang! went the tire on the stone curb. I ended up with a large bubble on the sidewall of the left front tire, which I had to pay for.

The result was that the auto was not worth the aggrivation and I surrendered it as soon as I arrived in Shrewsbury.

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