Usually I think of myself as a good driver. I have driven a lot, on tough roads, long distances and crazy weather. I started driving at an early age and one of my first road experiences was when mom let me take the wheel while driving between São Paulo and the Amazon. Well, only for a few minutes since I was only 14 years old. We were on a small patch of dirt road and we were driving a Ford Caravan. I felt so powerful. I loved being in command of that machine that could take us places! I will tell you, those few minutes were enough to spark a passion for driving and for road trips. From that moment on I was hooked. I would always be the designated driver on many long trips through North and South of Brazil. I was convinced that I was the best driver of all of my friends so I would gladly take the wheel, sometimes for 18 hours straight. I loved everything about it. The whole body and machine integration was a definite high for me. This went on from when I was 18 (minimum age for a driver's license in Brazil) till when I moved to New York where the only vehicle I drive is actually a bike. There's no sense in having a car in New York City. Still, a lot of times when I travel, I rent a car and I will be the driver. Having driven in many countries I am now faced with a new challenge. I've planned a road trip in South Africa, and Hello! They drive on the OTHER side of the car/road. I have never done that before! I must admit, even with my invincible driver confidence, I am a tad apprehensive. Once in Barbados, on a all girl trip, we rented a minibus to drive around the island. I don't remember who was driving at the time, but I do remember a lot of screaming ladies in the back seat. "NO!! Don't turn there!! OMG, OMG!! The other way! The other way!!!" That's not a fun imprint in my road trip memories. Granted I was NOT the driver. (Sorry Sue, Leslie or Lina? Who was driving!!?) Anyhow, we survived. Thank God! And now, here I am. With the road trip planned, a cool 4x4 at my disposal (thanks Thomas!) and the fear of the unknown. Have you ever driven on the OTHER side of the road/car? ( I mean legally, when you were sober...) How did you do? Was it scary? Did you get use to it fast? Or is it like riding a snowboard goofy vs regular? My trip is in a couple of weeks and I am wondering if I should or not shorten some of the driving part and fly instead. I definitely will take your advice and suggestions.
I hope to hear from some of you!