Driving Skill: -1

Driving in England is… terrifying. Scary. Nerve-wracking. Panic-inducing. Help!

I learned to drive in the United States. Huge roads with lots of extra room, plenty of distance between you and another car that are traveling opposite directions on a two-lane road, shoulders where you can pull off to the side in case of a flat tire or an emergency vehicle. ENGLAND DOESN’T HAVE ANY OF THOSE.

 

I drove for the first time on Monday, and I was literally screaming the entire time. I was so terrified that I ended up having a panic attack! I haven’t had a true panic attack in a few years, so that shook me up even more. I was actually crying- ask my husband, it was the worst 5-minute drive of my entire life. Granted, I was on actual British roads and not on the base, but even base roads aren’t much better. The people are a little more understanding, however.

Since Monday, I’ve actually been driving quite a bit. Only on the base, but still. Parking I’ve found to be a lot easier in a car where the steering wheel is on the right-hand side. Though keeping the car in the center of the road is difficult. I have a tendency to drift to the left- I think because I’m so used to holding my steering wheel to that side to stay on the road. But now it’s all completely backward. I took out a bush, but other than that, I haven’t hit anybody or anything. Can’t say that for my mom- she hit a deer the other day. She’s fine, but the car is a little banged up. Not sure what happened to the deer though. I’m getting off topic…

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I have to get better at driving though. Adam leaves in about two weeks to go to a training in Germany. He’s only going to be gone for a few weeks, but I’m still terrified of him leaving and me not being able to get around. It’s not that I’m worried about getting lost- that’s what GPS and maps are for. I’m just scared that if something happens, I won’t have my husband to turn to for help. I don’t exactly have the best track record while driving. Speeding ticket here or there, I got into a fender bender just a few days before I came here, and I totaled my car when I was sixteen because of black ice. I also can’t see very well in the dark, even when I am wearing my contacts.

I have friends here who can help me out though, and that’s the good thing. They’re absolutely amazing people to be around. In fact, I’ll have to write a post about some of the parties that they’ve invited me to.

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Anyway, I guess I can say that I’m starting to get used to driving. I don’t scream anymore, so that’s a total plus. Even my dad was joking with me about that! He’s super proud of me for coming out here and taking this huge step in my life. A simple way to repay him is to not get into any accidents while I’m here. Pray for me?

Published by airforceairwreka

I'm not much of one for bragging about myself, so I won't really. Check out my social media- I post on my IG and Snapchat all of the time, so hit me up! I love to spread the love and hope to do it more. That's why I'm writing this blog- share my experiences and worries so that others know that they don't have to go through theirs alone.

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