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bazzanoid
08-28-2009, 05:24 AM
Morning all,

We seem to be having a run of "What's the..." type threads this week, so i figured i'd jump in..

When you're driving in florida (or observing, if you're a passanger / public transport user), what do you find wierd/funny/odd/freaky about it?

Mine is:

1. No handbrake - we always have larger vehicles and have a footbrake instead. often with a vicious sprung-loaded return action at the pull of a lever!

2. Turning right on red - this really freaked me out at first, but it's become second nature now!

:drive:

kevin harrison
08-28-2009, 05:27 AM
When the rain comes down, how the locals all drive at 10mph!

DizneyDaze
08-28-2009, 06:21 AM
When you come to crossroads and everyone takes it in turns to go. They are all so polite about it and patiently wait their turn - can you imagine the same scenario over here :scared1:

Booknut
08-28-2009, 06:30 AM
Looking in the rearview mirror and only seeing 'grill' because the car behind you is so huge! :laughing:

JohnnySharp2
08-28-2009, 06:46 AM
Driving whilst on the mobile is 'mandatory' for many.

I even saw someone filming with a camcorder AND driving the car, with her knee once.

Not that neither of the above are purely Florida restricted. ;)

bazzanoid
08-28-2009, 06:46 AM
Looking in the rearview mirror and only seeing 'grill' because the car behind you is so huge! :laughing:

yeah, sorry about that, i do tend to pull up a bit close to the car in front, old habits n all that :rotfl:

Cochise
08-28-2009, 06:47 AM
Last second signage on the road, annoying when you are new to the area.

the 10mph thing when it rains is due to the glass effect created after hot weather, notorious tin Florida, i found this sort of stuff out when i was competing as a cyclist, just after rain was v dangerous.

bazzanoid
08-28-2009, 06:48 AM
I even saw someone filming with a camcorder AND driving the car, with her knee once.

!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neoshoegal
08-28-2009, 06:51 AM
When you signal to change lanes, you just have to go for it rather than like over here, where you often get people flashing their lights to let you in or slow down a bit.

Dimplenose
08-28-2009, 06:53 AM
When you signal to change lanes, you just have to go for it rather than like over here, where you often get people flashing their lights to let you in or slow down a bit.

Where do you drive? It's not like that round here - it's a case of no eye contact and hope for the best!

Lilybee
08-28-2009, 06:55 AM
When you come to crossroads and everyone takes it in turns to go. They are all so polite about it and patiently wait their turn - can you imagine the same scenario over here :scared1:

Who has the right of way ?

Neoshoegal
08-28-2009, 07:02 AM
Where do you drive? It's not like that round here - it's a case of no eye contact and hope for the best!

Sheffield, but I've noticed all across this country, people generablly seem far more courtious over here (obviously there are exceptions at times). Especially compared to Belgium, where I'm originally from, where it's every one for themselves. These days I'm actually even scared to drive over there!

DizneyDaze
08-28-2009, 07:04 AM
whoever arrives at the crossroads first has right of way, great system and it works!

Danauk
08-28-2009, 08:27 AM
The thing I hate is the fact that you have to drive an automatic. I'm OK with driving on the 'wrong' side of the road, I can manage that OK in France where I am driving my own car. But doing that whilst driving an automatic I hate. I forget that you don't have to use 2 feet to drive!

dc1964
08-28-2009, 08:32 AM
the cost of filling the car with petrol, much easier on the wallet

bazzanoid
08-28-2009, 08:36 AM
The thing I hate is the fact that you have to drive an automatic. I'm OK with driving on the 'wrong' side of the road, I can manage that OK in France where I am driving my own car. But doing that whilst driving an automatic I hate. I forget that you don't have to use 2 feet to drive!

That's why they make the brake pedals extra large - so you have somewhere for your left foot to go when you forget :teeth:

As a driver of both manual and automatic cars, i'm used to it TBH - my first automatic had a hole in the floor where the clutch pedal should have been by the time i got used to it LOL - i had a habit of pressing my left foot even when not needing to, not sure why!

doverfox
08-28-2009, 08:49 AM
when you get in the car and notice someone has stollen the hand break and put a little leaver under the dash board nothing like a good game of hide and seek after a 9hr flight.
i allways think of dellboy in miami twice saying "no wonder they have so many accidents some wallys put the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car."
dave rachel and the girls

bazzanoid
08-28-2009, 08:54 AM
when you get in the car and notice someone has stollen the hand break and put a little leaver under the dash board nothing like a good game of hide and seek after a 9hr flight.
i allways think of dellboy in miami twice saying "no wonder they have so many accidents some wallys put the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car."
dave rachel and the girls

LOL

finding the seat controls as well - i spent forever a few years back hunting round the seat edges to find the adjustments, turns out they were..... on the door. go figure...

schewy
08-28-2009, 08:56 AM
Being from Atlanta, Ga the one thing I find funny about driving in Florida is the traffic. I hear traffic reports on the morning news stations about the traffic back ups and delays. Being from a place where it takes 2 hrs to travel 10 miles, I have never seen bad traffic, like im used to, in Florida

Trouty
08-28-2009, 09:33 AM
I like the auto cars and would have a bad knee if it was manual with all the stop start.

Main grips are terrible drivers over there.... some shocking habits as mentioned in this thread. They come at you from all angles!

Would love to see what happened if they put roundabouts on the big junctions instead of these massive off/on ramps that wind all over the place.... hehe.

Dimplenose
08-28-2009, 09:36 AM
I think one of the problems around WDW is there are are lot of British/other foreign drivers driving vehicles they are not familar with in a traffic system they are not familar with.

DISWolves
08-28-2009, 11:55 AM
Getting into the passenger side instead of the drivers side :lmao:

Arriving at the fuel pump for the first time and wondering which side the filler cap is :rotfl:

Turning a corner and seeing the 'Wrong Way' sign :scared1:

Getting into the car when its been in full sun all day :scared:

howlongtillsummer?
08-28-2009, 03:35 PM
I hate the fuelling - I always dread it and have a good look at the car before leaving to fill up!! The petrol stations are sometimes very hard to get out of - people tend to abandon huge cars then head into the shop. I am always very relieved to get out!!

Also, when a light changes to amber and red a huge number of drivers try to squeeze on through. We were once almost hit by the truck behind us who just assumed we would fly on through the red. I usually slow down more than necessary approaching a light now!! I also take my time taking off in case someone is squeezing through the other way!!

But I love driving there though - DH never gets near the steering wheel!