Lorenausuk & KFDancer - To make longer trips more comfortable and bearable, you need to have an upgraded audio setup ! When you have your favourite music playing, with a high level of quality, accuracy and punch, it literally transforms your driving experience. It's perhaps more difficult to do if you have a car full of nattering passengers/kids etc !
I get the distance thing over in the USA as well, many people start crying and moaning in the UK driving 10-20 miles for commuting, they'd have palpitations if they ever had to travel distances in the US!
Jimbocz - I wasn't driving like a maniac at all, just a little more 'swiftly'
- that said, I wasn't doing silly speeds, I can almost remember all those citations on that particular trip! On other visits, I've had anywhere from 1-5 stops, sometimes none at all. I've never been stopped in a city or on local roads - always on the highway. Perhaps 60% of the time I drive the roads looked like this;
I remember 83 in a 65 ($275 ticket) 60 in a 45 ($120 ticket & licence confiscation), driving a bit too close to a lane hogger eating his supersize meal and drink and not looking in his mirror (no fine as lady cop wanted to know about the UK!!) 72 in a 65.. etc etc..
I've had plenty of times when just cruising at 60 in a 55 looking in the mirror and all clear, then looking a few seconds later and a Police Cruiser 2 foot off my rear bumper, crapping it and then watching as he pulls out and speeds past me to go find someone else.
In terms of times, this has been from around 2002-2012, with the most frequent US visits being 2005-2008. Given the very recent 'trend' of trigger happy Cops, next time I'm over I know 'if' I get stopped, I'll have nothing to worry about and I'll stick both my hands out the window if I do!
SoS - All my stops were after Sept 11th, I'm light brown skinned, so it has been a concern of mine to a minimal extent. Even though I got the fines etc, once the Cop spoke to me and I talked with them, they were all professional, friendly and wanted to know about me, the UK what my reason to visit the US was etc i.e, nice and absolutely no intimidation from them nor fear from me. On some of the car forums I'm a member of, also at car shows, when I speak to others who've never driven in the USA and are hiring faster cars, sports cars etc which I've never done, I've given them advice on what to do and not to do if stopped by the US cops!
Cheers, DtM! West London & Slough UK!