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Old 06-19-2014, 09:31 AM
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I've driven now, lots. Such bizarre driving lol

You can undertake and sit in which ever lane you fancy on the motorway. Odd odd. Going to be a bit nerve wracking when I have to do it on my own

I still don't fully understand all the lanes and intersections. Oh well!!!!! Will muddle through!!!! And get beeped at a lot. Oh I've only tried to drive on the wrong side of the road once so far too

I'm not staying in LA now. Arranged to stay with my friends mum in San Clemente, so probably more preggo friendly than a hostel in Santa Monica! And I'm now staying 2 nights instead of 3 so I can have more time on the coast chilling out

Vegas is HOT. And crazy. Almost unnecessary at times! But funny, and fun to people watch (well, I can't drink can I...!). I haven't even gambled yet... That's today. Mostly I wake up silly early and want to sleep by 9.30pm lol!! ROCK AND ROLL
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:39 AM
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NO! on 2 lane, right is for traffic, left is for passing, pass and move over. If you're moving faster than traffic and someone faster comes up behind you, move over when you can then when you need to move back left to pass.

So many don't get it. there's signs everywhere, slower traffic keep right and so many just plunk down in the left lane and sit. Knock it off!

3 lanes, right is for traffic, slow and merging and exiting. Middle is for straight thru traffic, and furthest left again is for passing, not to sit in because there are less cars over there

Huge pet peeves of mine.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:43 AM
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Well that's how we drive here (you can even now be fined for driving in the wrong lanes!!) and undertaking is a big no no. And I HATE HATE HATE people who sit in the wrong lane. HATE VENOMOUSLY!!.

But I can assure you on the 6 hour drive we did yesterday no one was observing those rules here!!! No one except me of course
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:54 AM
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Well that's how we drive here (you can even now be fined for driving in the wrong lanes!!) and undertaking is a big no no. And I HATE HATE HATE people who sit in the wrong lane. HATE VENOMOUSLY!!.

But I can assure you on the 6 hour drive we did yesterday no one was observing those rules here!!! No one except me of course
oh, it's true, most drivers here are complete ****ing morons drives me nuts. and then you find the ones that will sit in the left and after 15 miles there's a huge break in the right and they just sit there, so you undertake and they speed up till you're blocked in by the next set of cars, then slow down. Like they're some speed limit police.

I'd like to see every one of them pulled over and fined double a speeding ticket for impeding traffic. They seriously screw up traffic patterns and make everything more dangerous and they're so blissfully unware or just that big of an asshole they don't care

It's against the law here too in a lot of states, doesn't always make much difference.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:53 PM
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Yeah here people don't care about staying on the right side of the road either. Drives me a little nuts, to be honest. Slow people in the middle or left lane drive me nuts.

I don't know if it's a regional thing or not though, but here in most places you can turn right if you have a red light and there's no traffic coming (obviously). Might be why you've been honked at.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:07 PM
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you can always turn right on red, unless stated otherwise. Of course after you've come to a stop and the intersection is open, otherwise you must yield to all other traffic
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:03 PM
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In Oregon, you can make a left on red onto a one way street. Most people only do it one way to one way, but it is apparently legal to go from a 2 way to a one way .

Just added to add to the confusion. Don't do it anywhere else.
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:55 PM
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I don't even know what to update! I'm in California now have been for a few days. I'm taken back by how much I like it here too!!! I stayed near Laguna beach. And have just done the mega drive up highway one and my first stop off alone! The drive was great! Well. LA was not great, as I wanted to see venice beach, and the traffic was mental. Venice beach is mental. Like utter madness!!!!! I didn't stop long, just enough to eat and leave!

The coast is pretty. I took a bit of a detour away for awhile and went inland, and that was just as nice. Loved it! Rolling hills and vineyards.

I'm at my motel now, and I'm happy with my first America motel experience!! To be fair, I've paid extra for a posh "boutique motel" and I'm glad I did it's lovely! Strange being on my own for the first time in a week!!

Observations so far.

Omg filling the car up with fuel is a traumatic experience every single time.

At home - pull in to pump. Insert nozzle. Fill car up. Go to shop. Pay. OR pull up to pump. Insert card and PIN number. Fill up car.

Here.... Arrive at pump. Try to fill up. Wonder why it won't. Ask man in shop. Man in shop asks how much fuel I want. I have no idea??!! Man in shop tells me to pay at pump and enter code. I explain I don't have a code. Man says I need to pay for fuel up front and enter code. Explain I don't know how much I want and I don't have a code. Man takes my credit card and driving licence. Realises I'm not local, calls over manager. Manager finally says oh you won't have a code! Go fill up and come back and pay here.

It kind of runs like this every time, except now I hand them my card, say I don't have a zip code and I will fill up then come in and pay of they will unlock the pump. Seems to be working..... They clearly don't trust you with fuel here!!!!!

Otherwise I'm having fun I might even go in the sea tomorrow if it's warm enough and I'm going to find moonstone beach and collect rocks!
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:13 AM
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Welcome to California! Is it warm enough? We're kind of going through a heatwave right now.

If you pay in cash, gas is a little easier. You can go inside, give them cash, fill up, and go back in to get your change (if there is any).
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:22 AM
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It's perfect. After driving through the desert which was 41c (107f) it's heaven
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