Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Driving Differently

After our quick trip to the States and returning back in Oz, I noticed a difference in the way we drive.  (no silly, i've known for a while that Aussies drive on the left side of the road... shesh. ;-)  )

When I drive in the US, I use the "emergency brake" when I park on hills, just to make sure the car doesn't roll anywhere after I've parked it.  (who knows, it could go for a joy ride w/out me and what fun would that be??)

However, whenever we stop to park anywhere here, we use that same break.  No matter where I park... on a hill, in a parking garage, or in a driveway (sometimes those are really inclined!).  Perhaps that's why it's called the "hand brake" here.  It's used more often than just for 'emergencies'.

I don't know why I'll pull the break here as soon as I park, but I've never done it in the states.  Kinda odd.

(oh, and to give full credit, it was first the wonderful hubby who noticed this unusual phenomena. pretty perceptive.)


MLE said...

that is really strange! I have to admit I can't remember the last time I used the parking brake. Is your behavior different there because you saw a native do it? or is it only Kendra? :D

Kendra said...

I used the 'hand brake' just this morning. ;-) I'm not really sure why I do it. I think most locals use it when they park (everyone I can think of does), so I'm guessing I got it from them. But... it could just be some subliminal message that occurs during the trans-pacific flight. :D