Moving to Holland. DRIVING. 4 weeks here and 4 accidents!


Well not really but at least four close shaves!
I used to think I was a good driver, yes, I have collected quite a few speeding tickets from different states over the years and a long time ago, I was caught driving 60 through traffic lights set to 30mph for green to see if they still synchronized, but driving here is scary. I have nearly wiped out 2 adults and one child cyclist plus a couple a walkers and a learner driver. When I took the boat out in Charleston SC, it was customary to have a drink if it was a successful trip, now it’s the same driving here on the roads. The road systems are great, everyone can learn from the road system here. No roadworks, no accidents, no lane closures etc What you do need however is 6 pairs of eyes…. cyclists and walkers just step or peddle off the pavement / sidewalk without looking onto a zebra/ pedestrian crossing. I know they have the right of way but stepping out in USA or UK like they do here wouldn’t work or may be it would if you needed some population control.
So imagine a roundabout with a zebra/ pedestrian crossing at every exit road from the roundabout.
So you take the first exit, eg turning right but coming up in your right hand blind spot are cyclists, walkers and folks on motor scooters traveling up the bike path and not even slowing down and shooting straight out in front of you going straight on. I just do not know how they can actually launch themselves without slowing down in front of a ton of metal with 4 wheels and an engine being driven by a foreigner!
I am getting used to it and so far there are still the same amount of pedestrians, cyclists and scooterists on the pavements as there were when I arrived.
I wonder if they have to have a drink when they get home as well?

 

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Mark Nash
Mark Nash
"The Moving Doctor", Mark Nash has been in the moving business for over 33 years and currently sits on the board of the International Shippers Association and the Commercial Affairs committee at the International Association of Movers (IAM).

1 Comment

  1. Fedde van Dam says:

    Bwahahahahaha, next stop Amsterdam in the rain and during queens day? 🇱🇷🏁

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