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Driving in Florida

When you first think about driving in Florida it is enough to send shivers down the spine of even the most confident UK driver. I know the first time I went it wasn't something I was looking forward to. I had lived in Germany for 6 years so i wasn't that worried about driving on the "wrong side" of the road. As it turned out it was a piece of cake and nothing like driving in Germany. So I am sure even without having that experience the result would have been the same. The main thing was getting used to the car, it actually feels more natural to drive on the right hand side of the road. Once you have got used to the car and the automatic transmission it really is quite easy. For those that have never driven an automatic you need to forget your left foot completely. I once saw a funny thing, when my wife and I was walking back to our hotel. It was on a side road adjacent to I-Drive and we saw this car coming towards us and it came to a sharp, jerky stop and the woman passenger asked where a particular hotel was we told her it was just a bit further along she asked worryingly if they had to go back on that busy road? We told her no and saw the visible relief on her face. Her husband had to turn the car around and it we tried not to laugh as the car looked like it had "kangaroo petrol" I know it is not nice to laugh, but this was a classic example of left foot braking! Don't do it!

The roads are bigger and everything is more spread out and where there is heavy traffic it doesn't seem to be any bigger problem than we have here in the UK, in fact I would say it is easier than here. Most of the time you will only encounter heavy traffic at certain times of the day and only around the theme parks, I-Drive and the 192. Once you venture out of these areas the traffic is quite minimal. I recommend you look at this site Driving in Orlando for more information. When driving on the interstates for example, maybe on the I4 to Tampa, once you get past the theme park exits, the traffic thins right down and everyone seems to travel at the same speed. The only thing to watch out for is that cars can pass you on either side. If you want to know more about driving and car hire visit Orlando Car Hire


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