November 19th, 2011
Have you ever travelled to another country? How did they drive there compared to how we drive in the U.S? The first thing you may have noticed was that they didn’t use miles per hour (mph) but instead used kilometers per hour (kph). Every country, with the exception of the United States and England, uses kph when measuring their speed. Along with how these countries calculate their speed limits I’m sure you might have noticed other differences as well.
I’m going to tell you about my road experience in another country, and that country was Brazil. I spent three months in Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil and let me tell you, they have some crazy drivers there! Not just in Campina, but everywhere. For example, those of us in the U.S. Know that a white dotted line on a two lane road means that there are separate lanes going in the same direction. If the line is dotted you can pass, merge or cross the line, but if it’s solid you usually can’t cross over or shouldn’t cross over. And obviously it means that there are only two lanes. In Brazil this is not the case. You might find yourself on a one way street with two lanes marked out, but in reality have three, maybe even four lanes going. You’ll look to your left and right and see a car or a semi moving only inches away from your side mirrors. This can be a bit […]