My International Driver’s Permit is in hand. Watch out world!
It was surprising how easy it was to get. I’m not quite sure what I imagined, but a passport style photo, a valid driver’s license from my state of Colorado and payment were the only requirements. I walked into my AAA office and fifteen minutes later, I had my permit.
Now comes the more difficult part, actually driving on the other side of the road on my trip to Africa. I’ve never done it before. I’ve always been the passenger. So this will be one of the adventures associated with my trip. Not only learning a new way to drive, but doing it alone in another country. So how to begin? By Googling it of course.
Here are the tips I’ve found so far:
- Follow the other traffic
- Write a note reminding myself to stay to the left and tape it on the dashboard
- Confirm I’m driving an automatic so I don’t have to think about using a stick shift on the opposite side at the same time I’m concentrating on staying on the left side of the line
- Add GPS to the car rental so I easily know how to get to my location
- Think “hard left, wide right”
- Keep the center line on the driver’s side
While I’m nervous, I’m also excited. South Africa seems like a great place to start. Once I get used to it there, it will be much easier to drive when I travel to England and Ireland where the roads are much narrower and the rock walls much less forgiving.
Here’s one of the YouTube videos that gave some great tips and pointers:
Have you ever driven on the other side of the road?