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Driving Backwards

Continuing to look back over 2016…

Had a thought…

Tip for the Americans reading this who have never driven in another country:

Take a trip abroad and drive on the “wrong” side of the road!

Case in point: the trip to Scotland girlfriend and I took this past May (photos below).

We drove through the Highlands in Scotland. With the steering wheel on the right side of the car. And the car on the left side of the road.

I recommend everyone do this once. Drive on the “wrong” side of the road. Experience oncoming traffic rushing at you from the opposite side. It will likely be the most nerve-wracking experience you will ever have behind the wheel of a car (I felt seventeen again, white-knuckled and swearing at the curb…which was now on the opposite side of the vehicle from when I first learned how to drive back in the States),

but driving backwards can get you to places you can’t believe.

Driving through Glencoe. And finally climbing mountains on the Isle of Skye.

My dad warned me that, in a moment of panic, we might default to old habits and do something backwards that would put us in peril.

We drove backwards anyway. Not a single regret. We lived to tell the tale.

And it made me think about all the things we don’t do because we might default to old habits and bring on injury.

Respect the risk.

Take precautions.

Drive backwards anyway.

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