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US driver's license valid in UK ?

 
Anonymous Coward
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12/28/2012 09:42 AM
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US driver's license valid in UK ?
My uncle is currently overseas and was just informed that his US driver's license is valid in the UK without having to have an International Driver's Permit.

When did this change?

Searching on Google, I found the information that you still have to have an International Driver's Permit coupled with a valid US driver's license and with this, it's recognized in 70 countries.
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12/28/2012 09:50 AM

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[link to ukinusa.fco.gov.uk]
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12/28/2012 09:51 AM
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
where will you be, just so I know?
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12/28/2012 09:52 AM
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
Your US drivers license is good in the UK and all of Europe.
It has always been that way.
If you are becoming a resident on an extended visa you have 6 months to take the written test and get a UK license.
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
You need the permit, which requires proof of a license in your home nation.
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where will you be, just so I know?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30962522


In the right hand carriageway, probably
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12/28/2012 09:59 AM
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
where will you be, just so I know?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30962522


In the right hand carriageway, probably
 Quoting: Shoot straight Johnny


YeeHaw!!!!

;-)
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12/28/2012 10:06 AM
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
The US drivers license should not be valid in the UK because driving is so much different. Firstly the car controls are different. They have extra levers and the steering wheel is on the other side, which means that opposite hands are used for operating the levers.
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
The US drivers license should not be valid in the UK because driving is so much different. Firstly the car controls are different. They have extra levers and the steering wheel is on the other side, which means that opposite hands are used for operating the levers.
 Quoting: Prostetnik


give me a yank over a polack any day.

they're LETHAL over here, regularly driving on the wrong side of the road in the articulated lorries

they're a menace
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
The US drivers license should not be valid in the UK because driving is so much different. Firstly the car controls are different. They have extra levers and the steering wheel is on the other side, which means that opposite hands are used for operating the levers.
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And you need an extra guy to shovel the coal too !
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12/28/2012 10:09 AM
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It would be difficult getting used to driving on the wrong side of the road.
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
The US drivers license should not be valid in the UK because driving is so much different. Firstly the car controls are different. They have extra levers and the steering wheel is on the other side, which means that opposite hands are used for operating the levers.
 Quoting: Prostetnik


Levers? What the hell do they drive over there?
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12/28/2012 10:11 AM
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where will you be, just so I know?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30962522


In the right hand carriageway, probably
 Quoting: Shoot straight Johnny


:cruiselarge:
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
It would be difficult getting used to driving on the wrong side of the road.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30485951


It's not difficult at all. Provided you have a working brain.
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
The US drivers license should not be valid in the UK because driving is so much different. Firstly the car controls are different. They have extra levers and the steering wheel is on the other side, which means that opposite hands are used for operating the levers.
 Quoting: Prostetnik


Levers? What the hell do they drive over there?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30485951


LOL, fork lift trucks?
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12/28/2012 10:14 AM
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It would be difficult getting used to driving on the wrong side of the road.
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Dont drive on the wrong side it causes accidents.
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
It would be difficult getting used to driving on the wrong side of the road.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30485951


It's easy just remember as the driver you should be in the middle of the road not the edge (unless you are driving a Lhd car in the uk)

Also other people on the road tends to guide you as to which side you should be on.

The real problem is road rules. E.g. No filtering when on red in uk and understanding roundabouts which as I understand it are next to nine existant in the us
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12/28/2012 10:16 AM
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
dont forget also, that in the uk most cars are manual drive rather than automatic, and there is a different licence for both. Or, i should pre-empt by saying there may be, i dont drive so not fully sure, any other brit please comment.
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
The US drivers license should not be valid in the UK because driving is so much different. Firstly the car controls are different. They have extra levers and the steering wheel is on the other side, which means that opposite hands are used for operating the levers.
 Quoting: Prostetnik


give me a yank over a polack any day.

they're LETHAL over here, regularly driving on the wrong side of the road in the articulated lorries

they're a menace
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30962522


Those Polish drivers I keep reading about probably do not have the lever problem, but they do drive on the other side of the road and do not seem to be able to read international road signs.
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
It would be difficult getting used to driving on the wrong side of the road.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30485951


It's easy just remember as the driver you should be in the middle of the road not the edge (unless you are driving a Lhd car in the uk)

Also other people on the road tends to guide you as to which side you should be on.

The real problem is road rules. E.g. No filtering when on red in uk and understanding roundabouts which as I understand it are next to nine existant in the us
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 31017449


Thanks i will just take the taxie.
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12/28/2012 10:19 AM
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
The US drivers license should not be valid in the UK because driving is so much different. Firstly the car controls are different. They have extra levers and the steering wheel is on the other side, which means that opposite hands are used for operating the levers.
 Quoting: Prostetnik


Levers? What the hell do they drive over there?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30485951


They have 3 foot pedals, not 2 and a gear shift lever that needs constant operation to drive properly. The gear shift lever is operated by the left hand, not the right as it would be if they had such things in the US.
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12/28/2012 10:21 AM

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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
dont forget also, that in the uk most cars are manual drive rather than automatic, and there is a different licence for both. Or, i should pre-empt by saying there may be, i dont drive so not fully sure, any other brit please comment.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9094168


If you have a license for a manual you can also drive an automatic, but not vice versa.

Last Edited by Elephant in the room on 12/28/2012 10:59 AM
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
The US drivers license should not be valid in the UK because driving is so much different. Firstly the car controls are different. They have extra levers and the steering wheel is on the other side, which means that opposite hands are used for operating the levers.
 Quoting: Prostetnik


Levers? What the hell do they drive over there?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30485951


They have 3 foot pedals, not 2 and a gear shift lever that needs constant operation to drive properly. The gear shift lever is operated by the left hand, not the right as it would be if they had such things in the US.
 Quoting: Prostetnik


You've never driven a manual car or "stick" as they call it over there?
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12/28/2012 10:39 AM
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"if they had such things in the US". So naive lol...
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
The US drivers license should not be valid in the UK because driving is so much different. Firstly the car controls are different. They have extra levers and the steering wheel is on the other side, which means that opposite hands are used for operating the levers.
 Quoting: Prostetnik


No Canadians.

Canadians obviously cant handle the complex machine.
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
dont forget also, that in the uk most cars are manual drive rather than automatic, and there is a different licence for both. Or, i should pre-empt by saying there may be, i dont drive so not fully sure, any other brit please comment.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9094168


If you have a license for a manual you can also drive an automatic, but not vice verse.
 Quoting: Shoot straight Johnny


US has no different DL. The female driver often has a problem with this rofl
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
Our roads have these things called 'corners' where you will have to make a turn in your RV/Hummer/Cadillac/Escalade.
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12/28/2012 11:09 AM
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
The US drivers license should not be valid in the UK because driving is so much different. Firstly the car controls are different. They have extra levers and the steering wheel is on the other side, which means that opposite hands are used for operating the levers.
 Quoting: Prostetnik


No Canadians.

Canadians obviously cant handle the complex machine.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30969563


Yes I agree. Canadians too should have to prove they can drive safely on British roads with these more complex machines.
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Our roads have these things called 'corners' where you will have to make a turn in your RV/Hummer/Cadillac/Escalade.
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and "roundabouts"
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12/28/2012 11:13 AM
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same has you can drive with British licence in America, think flydrives, know of a few roudabouts in Florida that can cause chaos , didnt help that one had a mailbox in the middle lol
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Re: US driver's license valid in UK ?
Our roads have these things called 'corners' where you will have to make a turn in your RV/Hummer/Cadillac/Escalade.
 Quoting: SheldonCooper


and "roundabouts"
 Quoting: Prostetnik



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