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Re: Can I have both a UK and a US licence?
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2017, 11:05:04 AM »
I've done driving lessons with an instructor in a Manual because I drove one back in the States and didn't want to take the test again to drive any car. 😖 When I get nervous I fall back on a lot of US habits I have that are NOT okay for driving here.

I lean more towards this line of reasoning and think we should all consider this more.

The urge is to get the license as soon as possible (not the least due to American social construct)....but I have always thought that we may not take our driving responsibilities seriously enough. 

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Re: Can I have both a UK and a US licence?
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2017, 12:22:03 PM »
but I have always thought that we may not take our driving responsibilities seriously enough.

Who is the 'we' in your comment above?  And what makes you think this?

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Re: Can I have both a UK and a US licence?
« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2017, 12:50:26 PM »
Who is the 'we' in your comment above?  And what makes you think this?

Well I am biased....treasurer of the local terrible driver club.

But don't we hear pretty often that under stress sometimes ingrained habit can pop out and the car ends up momentarily on the wrong side of the road? Chances are no harm is done, but....

I am not saying people should not drive in foreign countries....just that it is a pretty big responsibility....
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Re: Can I have both a UK and a US licence?
« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2017, 01:30:34 PM »
Well I am biased....treasurer of the local terrible driver club.

LOL!

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But don't we hear pretty often that under stress sometimes ingrained habit can pop out and the car ends up momentarily on the wrong side of the road? Chances are no harm is done, but....

I am not saying people should not drive in foreign countries....just that it is a pretty big responsibility....

Driving is actually one of the few things I am really good at.
Or so I thought...
until this past summer when I was driving a hire car in Dallas and, for the first time ever, ended up on the wrong side of the road!  :o :o :o
Thanks to a couple of cars honking at me, I realised quite quickly and no harm was done, except to my pride.   :-[

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Re: Can I have both a UK and a US licence?
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2017, 09:29:04 AM »
It is ridiculous here in the UK - insurance costs are shockingly expensive.

My wife was allowed to drive here on her license (for an additional £100 which is fine) when she was at her most naïve, inexperienced period of driving in the UK but after a year when she is more experienced she has to get a license? My biggest complaint is with insurance. She is then treated as a BRAND NEW driver with no reference to driving for 10 years prior, insurance then shoots up to an additional £700 a year. Stupid
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Re: Can I have both a UK and a US licence?
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2017, 02:04:32 PM »
Look into Aviva car insurance. They're the only insurer over here that took into account my US driving history and no claims. I did get quotes from other insurers, but they all treated me like a brand new driver, so the insurance rates were outrageously expensive. I got my UK license (automatic) back in October, and I've stuck with them.

I've kept my Ohio license. Last year I spoke to a rep at the BMV and explained my situation. She told me that I can still maintain my Ohio license living in the UK. I still hold an address in Ohio, too, so it's not like I'm just using a random friend's address or something. My license comes in handy, plus there's a strong chance we may move to Ohio in a few years, and I don't want to retake another test (though now that I've passed the UK driving test, I feel I can pass most anything!).
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Re: Can I have both a UK and a US licence?
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2017, 03:00:52 PM »
Fantastic to know! Thanks Karlee!
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Re: Can I have both a UK and a US licence?
« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2017, 08:35:24 PM »
We are with Aviva for the exact same reasons, Karlee. Saved us literally thousands of pounds. I've still got my Kentucky license too - I just renewed it the last time I was there. I was going to give my parents' address but they didn't even ask.

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Re: Can I have both a UK and a US licence?
« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2017, 03:36:26 PM »
Look into Aviva car insurance. They're the only insurer over here that took into account my US driving history and no claims. I did get quotes from other insurers, but they all treated me like a brand new driver, so the insurance rates were outrageously expensive. I got my UK license (automatic) back in October, and I've stuck with them.

I've kept my Ohio license. Last year I spoke to a rep at the BMV and explained my situation. She told me that I can still maintain my Ohio license living in the UK. I still hold an address in Ohio, too, so it's not like I'm just using a random friend's address or something. My license comes in handy, plus there's a strong chance we may move to Ohio in a few years, and I don't want to retake another test (though now that I've passed the UK driving test, I feel I can pass most anything!).

I also found this extraordinarily helpful. Thank you. I am just now looking into the logistics of driving in the UK and the meerkats told me insurance would be at least £800/year for me!