Saturday, December 06, 2008

Driving in America

If you are going to be an au pair in America, it is most likely that you are going to have to drive. You may have to drive the children you are looking after to their school and to other activities. Other than that, you would need to be able to drive for yourself as the public transportation system is nearly non-existent in the suburbs.

Good news is that roads and traffic are very good compared to the some parts of the world. Drivers obey the rules and most roads are maintained well. Most families provide a car for their au pair and take care of its maintanence. They may out some limits on your driving as they are responsible for the insurance I heard can go high in case of an accident. Most au pairs state that they could get wherever they need and took other forms of transportation when they need to.

It is imperative to drive safely no matter where in world, especially with children on board. Making sure the seatbelts are always buckled and traffic rules are followed. It is best to be honest about your driving skills to the family. If needed, it doesn't hurt to take some driving lessons to get used to driving in a different country.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is a fact that alomst everyone drives in the US, we are very car-dependent unfortunately. Although most drivers are good, there are still some people driving like crazy here too :)