I'd go so far as to say that the biggest difference isn't driving on the other side of the road- not that I've mastered that yet...
So in America, when you drive a long distance and need to stop for a potty break or a bite to eat you just exit somewhere that has a fast food place or if you're feeling fancy an Applebee's or Golden Corral. Rest stops are really only for truckers and scary people.
In England, it just doesn't work that way. The only option for stopping are The Services. The motorways just aren't lined with things like in the States. Everyone uses The Services.
Watford Gap Services
A typical Services has:
- loads of restrooms
- a Starbucks or Costa Coffee
- a couple of crappy hot food providers
- a shop that is kind of like a airport news stand (magazines, drinks, snacks, candy, other random crap)
- a gambling area with slot machines
- a crappy cell phone accessories shop
On the same grounds, though not contained in the same building is also a petrolgas station. Some Services even have crappy, but serviceable (har, har- accidental wordplay!) hotels.
On a recent trip to London, Ross and I stopped at the Services for a potty break. Upon entering the bathroom, I beheld the most hilarious thing I've seen in a long time. I present to you:
I guess sometimes when you're on the road, you realize that your hair just isn't as straight as it should be and you've got to do something about it. STAT! The ghd straightener is the equivalent of a Chi. So if you need on-the-go high end styling when you're on the road in England- never fear! The Services have it all...