It's easy for visitors to feel right at home in Britain. North Americans aren't the only people to share a common heritage. At the height of it's empire Britain ruled about a quarter of the world and they said the sun never set on it. And the echoes of that colonial past still influence the language and culture of about 30 per cent of the world's population in the 54 member states of the Commonwealth. So it's natural for lots of people to think the UK is just like home - with a different climate and a different accent.
Well...not quite. There are still somethings you should keep in mind to help you have a safe, hassle-free visit, to spend your money wisely and to get along with the locals. Here are five top tips about what not to do.
Don't Pick Up Your Rented Car in a City
Driving on the left is not hard to get used to, but if you haven't done it before,don't try to learn how in the middle of the busy, confusing traffic of a major city. City drivers, the world over, are notoriously impatient and the last thing you want to be doing is consulting maps, finding your way around unfamiliar road layouts and roundabouts and getting used to being on the "wrong" side of the road at the same time. London traffic can be intimidating, even to other Brits and Birmingham is a nightmare to get in and out of by car. Besides, if you rent a car in London or another major city, you'll throw away fortune every day to park it
Instead, use public transportation to enjoy your car-free city visit, then take the train to a quieter town or village and arrange to collect your rented car there.
And by the way, NEVER, whatever you do, turn on a red light. If you turn right, as you are permitted to do in many parts of the USA, you'll be turning directly into oncoming traffic. If you turn left (which is the flip side equivalent, as you'll be in the left lane to begin with) you'll be breaking the law and could well be caught on a traffic camera.