Tag Archives: driving in England

Z is for Zebra Crossing

The Zebra crossing is the earliest of the Animal Crossings and is most similar to pedestrian crossings found throughout the world. It consists of white stripes across the road, with Belisha Beacons (named after Leslie Hore-Belisha, who was the Transport … Continue reading

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Y is for Young Drivers

young drivers  get a whole page in the Code book. It states that young drivers often are involved in incidents early in their driving careers. Having gone through four iterations of teen drivers among my own offspring, I can attest … Continue reading

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T is for Toucans

The Toucan crossing is second only to the Zebra for clarity and ease of remembering. Both bicyclists and pedestrians may cross on a Toucan Crossing, thus the name Toucan, or two-can cross. It is the only crossing where the bicyclist … Continue reading

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S is for SAT NAV

We have a love/hate relationship with our Satellite Navigation System. We were warned ahead of time by our predecessors that we absolutely must have one, so we dutifully purchased a Garmin first thing. It’s true that we would be literally … Continue reading

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R is for Roundabouts

The British love their roundabouts. The first British roundabout was in Letchworth Garden City in 1909; it was originally intended partly as a traffic island for pedestrians. Research has shown that roundabouts are much safer than road junctions. Accident rates … Continue reading

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Q is for Queen

This was going to be a post on Quiet Lanes, which are areas where people could be using the whole road for a range of activities, but I happened upon a more interesting subject, which is related to Quiet Lanes, … Continue reading

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P is for Puffins and Pelicans

The British have successfully complicated the simple task of crossing the street as a pedestrian. They have at least five (and counting) different types of crossings, all named for animals. From Wikipedia we learn… A pelican crossing, as distinct from … Continue reading

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O is for Old People

Here they are referred to as Pensioners. As a “pensioner” myself, I couldn’t believe it when I drove by this sign for the first time: The Official DVSA Guide to Driving states, “Be patient around pensioners. They may take longer … Continue reading

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N is for Night Driving

The whole of chapter 13 of the Official DVSA Guide to Driving is devoted to Night Driving and I understand why– The absolute worst thing about being in England is driving at night. As the days got shorter and shorter, … Continue reading

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M is for Manoeuvring

A manoeuvre is any change of speed or position. There is a whole science as to the best way to accomplish any manoeuvre. Again, acronyms are offered up as help: MSM= Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre. The actual Manoeuvre part … Continue reading

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