This one is for Brits: have you noticed how Americans don’t know what a HANDBRAKE is? Granted, since most drive AUTOMATICS, they don’t need them much (except in Frisco). In fact I drive one myself, here in Thailand (now I’m retired, I’m just damn LAZY) and since it’s flat here, I only use mine when I empty the ashtray – ’cause it’s in the damn WAY.
But the thing is, Americans call them “emergency brakes” and seemingly only use them when their footbrakes FAIL. Thus, when they stop a “four-on-the-floor” or “stick-shift” (manual gearbox) they generally leave it in gear – which is why outtake shows are full of people stopping with a hiccup and occasionally, chasing their cars up the road!
In the Uke, we have to learn how to use a manual BEFORE we’re likely to get NEAR a slushbox. An automatic-only licence is separate – and doesn’t COVER us for a manual. Maybe they should operate the same system Stateside?
But don’t leave with the idea that Britain is tougher than the States on drivers. My Old Country is EASY. A UK driving licence lasts for LIFE (well, to age 72 anyway) – unlike America, where they have to get a NEW one EVERY YEAR!
Of course, here in Thailand – what’s a driving licence?