Driving In Europe? Here are All the Difference You Need to be Aware Of

Everyone knows when you’re planning a holiday to Europe it is a big decision to make with many factors coming into play. Due to the high flight prices, a trip to Europe for most people doesn’t happen very often so it’s important to consider everything when planning your dream trip. You’ll have to consider where you want to go for the best food, whether that’s Italy for their famous pizza and pasta, France for their unbeatable fresh bread, or Belgium for the most delicious waffles and French fries. Weather is another big consideration; do you want to go to the North of Europe such as Norway where the weather is really cold, or to the South of Europe such as Greece where it’ll be the perfect weather to relax at the beach.

There is so much history in Europe and so many attractions you’ll have to prioritize which you want to see the most from the United Nations headquarters in Switzerland to the Anne Frank museum in the Netherlands to Big Ben and the UK Parliament you’re spoiled for choice. With all these decisions to be made, one important thing to remember when planning a trip to Europe is usually overlooked and this is one of the many differences between America and Europe, in Europe their driving is different – they drive on the opposite side of the road. This is something that can be extremely hard to get used to so we’ve found all the major differences you need to be aware of to make driving easier for you.

 

Licenses

European licenses are much harder to obtain driving licenses in America. This is something to be aware of as when leasing a car there will be many different requirements as each European country is different. It would be a good idea to look at the leasing available in each country, some European countries have much better leasing deals than others, for example, there are some great leasing deals in Germany, but in France, it will be quite expensive if you have an American license.

 

Speed Limit

In America, we have very strict speed limits on roads, if these speed limits are broken the driver will be given a very hefty fine as these rules are taken extremely seriously so the fine would be a punishment and a deterrent. If you’re a thrill-seeker and wanting to test the limits of your car then you’ll be delighted to know that in Germany there are no speed limits on their 1000’s of kilometers of Autobahn. While German authorities recommend traveling at a max speed of 130km/h it’s not a law. Other European countries have speed limits but in comparison to America, they’re much higher usually between 90km/h to 130km/h.

 

Round-a-Bouts

Whilst round-a-bouts do exist in America there are many fewer in comparison to Europe. Round-a-bouts are extremely useful in helping the flow of traffic and preventing traffic jams but if you’ve never come across one before they can be quite overwhelming. Make sure you’re prepared for round-a-bouts as you’ll come across them almost daily in Europe, after a few times driving around a round-a-bout you’ll get used to it but it can be frightening at first.

 

Traffic Signs

This is one of the biggest differences to be aware of between Europe and America. In Europe, the road signs they use are following the guidelines of the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals which is often very different to America’s use of federally regulated signs like the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. In America, you’ll be used to seeing warning signs on the road as a yellow diamond-shaped sign, in Europe the warning signs look completely different as they are white triangular signs with a red border around them.

 

Red Lights

In America, you’ll be used to being allowed to turn on a red light provided there is no oncoming traffic as this is the rule when learning to drive in America. In Europe this is not the case, even if there are no cars around you must stop when you come to a red light, if you run a red light in Europe you could get points on your license or a heavy fine.

Welding Essentials for Building Racing Cars

Welding Essentials for Building Racing Cars

Before you enter any sport it is a generally accepted fact that you need to hold a base understanding of the technical side. This is no truer than with racing cars. The base, the must, for any racing car enthusiast is holding an understanding of how to weld your car. These welding tasks do not actually require a major in engineering to complete them, obviously. Despite the ease of task it is important to have the right tools for the job, and this passage will provide you with some information on common roles within race car welding and the best equipment for the job.

Which Welder?

The best welder on the market currently would have to be the Weldpro 200 Amp Inverter Multi-Process Welder. The Weldpro can offer both MIG and TIG functions, making it the perfect welder for any welding newbie. The Weldpro leaves a lot of the tough decisions up to the actual machine; simply leaving the welder to weld. The Weldpro is also relatively light giving the welder extreme ease. To read up about the Weldpro I would give Weldingmaniaa look which actually has an extremely extensive list on the latest news in welding tech and the welding industry.

Roll Cage

The roll cage is perhaps the most commonly replaced item in car racing. This is due to the high impact nature of car racing. The roll cage is the one thing keeping a driver from success and instant death. Due to this critical nature of the roll cage it is imperative that you weld it correctly. The most important skill you need to master when welding your roll cage is how to weld in the base plates. If you weld too thick than you can easily weld through your cars floor. For a new welder it is important to aim for a thickness of three millimetres. This will provide your roll cage with a sturdy structure without the inherent risk of burning through the cars floor.

Repairs

In race cars the most common form of welding is in repair. The biggest tip I can provide for any welder is to not overdo the job. If hypothetically your chassis becomes dislodged simply focus on how to repair, do not look to upgrade or convert your car; just try return it to its previous function. In welding repairs is perhaps the easiest role you can have; it is all about working with what you have and getting your race car back up and running.

How to Become a Pro Racing Driver

How to Become a Pro Racing Driver

Becoming a pro racing driver is a dream to so many but achieved by so few. There are many factors in completing this dream, a sport that is surrounded by constant danger and taking such high levels of concentration in each second of every race, will be take some form of struggle to enter.

It may be an unfortunate stereotype, but pro racing is a rich mans sport. So unless you come from a financially wealthy family you will need to find a source of income to support your passion. This is where marketing comes into play, you are no longer a human, you are a brand. You need to build a loyal following be in person or on social media, get your face out there try do as many interviews possible. Try become a sponsors dream and then you be able to turn your hobby into a profession.

Like all sports practice makes perfect and if you want to become a pro you are going to need to be behind the wheel as much as possible. Try get down to as many open days as possible at tracks around Britain, learn new courses and new cars. This also leads into my next key into becoming a pro racing driver, connections.

Like most the world pro driving is about who you know, no one has ever had a team boss come to their door and been offered a position, you must try engage with them try interact with as many in the industry as possible be it race engineers, technicians, other drivers and even the bosses themselves. You need to put your name out there if you want to become a pro racing driver then you need to seize the opportunity and force yourself into the position of a pro automotive.

Finally, and probably most obviously is to win. If you want to go pro you got to win, but if you follow the steps above then winning and eventually going pro should become a lot easier.