Day 3 of driving in France

I love my little car because it’s so little. I’m going to build up some muscles because there’s no power steering and it’s hard to turn that wheel to get out of a parking space. There’s no radio either, but I honestly don’t mind that. Driving isn’t too stressful since I learned all the road signs, but I do worry sometimes when I slow down that she’s going to stall. (Yes, my car is a she.) She’s hard to start in the morning, and generally stalls at least once when I’m trying to get out of the parking lot. But after that, she’s good for the day.

I managed to get to and from work twice already. The highway is super close to my apartment and my schools, but it costs 5.70 €. I took the country roads home Friday afternoon, which actually saves me on gas, kilometers and tolls, but takes an extra 15 minutes. But after having a mini-heart attack at having to pay 50 € ($73!!!) for a tank of gas, I’m really not going to mind spending an extra 15 minutes on the road. I only have to drive to work twice a week though, so hopefully I’ll only have to refill every 10 days or so.

I drove to baby-sitting this morning and managed to not get lost. It’s amazing that’s I’ve been in this city for 15 months and still don’t know the roads that well. I just never paid attention enough.

Kilometers per hour and gas by the liter is just weird.

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  • dadwag

    sounds like you may have to get “her” a tune-up which would help with gas mileage

  • dadwag

    sounds like you may have to get “her” a tune-up which would help with gas mileage

  • Linda

    Isn’t it true-you never pay attention to directions, etc., when you aren’t driving yourself. I had the same thing with taking metros. I just followed my husband and then, when I was by myself, got lost many times before I learned the system.

  • Linda

    Isn’t it true-you never pay attention to directions, etc., when you aren’t driving yourself. I had the same thing with taking metros. I just followed my husband and then, when I was by myself, got lost many times before I learned the system.

  • Lady Iphigenia

    Well, I still find that miles and gallons are weird! ;-)

  • Lady Iphigenia

    Well, I still find that miles and gallons are weird! ;-)

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