Originally Posted by Timmy®
I've been to the UK in March. If you are going to be driving in the country areas, make damn sure you are back to your hotel around 4 pm at the latest. Driving there takes getting used to, and I'm not talking about driving on the other side of the road or from the right side of the car,which isn't that hard. The roads are very narrow and curvy. Takes a few days to get used to it. You'll find yourself bailing in the ditch a bit as cars come at you, or sigh with relief as a car passes you and you didn't hear any contact. In March, it gets dark early and there always seems to be mist on the windshield. Makes the driving very difficult. I was there in March and I probably swore more during the first few days of driving there than ever before.
A guy in Ireland gave us some good advice. He mentioned the roads being so narrow that when nobody is coming the other way, everyone drives near the center of the road. When they are driving and see a car coming the other direction and it pulls over too soon, they know it is a tourist, so they don't even bother pulling over.
He said that especially at night after the locals have had a few, they hog the road as much as possible.
Turned out that his advice was pretty spot on. You basically drive right at the other person in a sort of game of chicken and at the last second, you both pull off to your own side.