Driving in Florida

It’s far easier in Boca than it is in London and Surrey.   It helps enormously that I’ve switched from a recalcitrant manual to a comparatively obsequious automatic, but the difference in traffic still strikes me every time I take to the road (which is at least a couple of times a day for anyone living in Florida).  Of course there are commuter routes that get jammed at certain times of day, but so far I’ve only experienced a wide choice of lightly-used lanes with traffic lights I always get through on a first change.

There are no cameras to elevate the speed restrictions above amusing suggestions when the police aren’t in the vicinity, and U-turns are positively encouraged when sat nav loses the battle for your attention to a child or the radio.   Other drivers seem a great deal more relaxed too; lane switching, undertaking and stopping for no apparent reason all seem par for the course.  They can get a bit tootie if you drive on the wrong side of the road, but I’m getting better on that front.

I can still make that exit!

Basically it’s a bit like an extended go on the dodgems but with fewer collisions, although I have noticed one or two nasty ones in my rear view mirror.  I’m almost looking forward to my driving test in a couple of weeks.

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6 Responses to Driving in Florida

  1. Rebecca J says:

    I am assuming things aren’t so relaxed that the driver took that photo….
    Certainly beats my M25 commute!

  2. Hello Rebecca!
    That particular photo is borrowed. I actually had trouble finding one that wasn’t full of cars, which rather suggests that this might be a quiet time of year and that I’ll be updating this post in a few months time!

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