Don't know the exact model of the car I rented, an Octavia 4 door sedan, rental guy (who looked and sounded like one of the assassins in a Jason Borne movie said it was equivalent to a VW Passat or Jetta.
- In stop and go traffic, the engine auto shuts off when at rest. Radio and A/C stay on. When you engage the shifter or clutch, turn the wheel, car auto turns on. In the US, I sometimes did this manually, shut off the car when I knew we were going to be at a complete rest for a bit. Great gas and environmentally friendly feature. I wonder about the wear and tear on the starter though.
- Car recovers from stall outs much quicker. If you let go of the clutch while the car is in gear, not as much lurch.
- Love the yellow and red lights on simultaneously to indicate green is coming.
- Road closures in London are crazy, plays havoc with GPS directions.
- The only step up to an automatic is 75 pounds a day, a Mercedes Benz, what a way to extract money. No thank you, please don't buy me a Mercedes Benz Janis.
- Rest stops (called Services) on the major highways have a motel, like a Days Inn, for example, attached to them.
- There's a dichotomy, between saving gas - manual transmission and people cruising around 80-85mph, some going much faster, on the fast lane on your motorways. To me, that's more an income distribution divide than a driving style one.
- The English countryside is beautiful. There is nothing like it in the US. The verdant greens and bucolic vistas are something. I've seen them before, but they're still breathtaking.