@South Coast Martin (UK) posted:
Robert, slow driving in Scotland is either due to two reasons:
1. Tourists pootling along looking at the view rather than driving to get somewhere, or more likely,
2. Scottish locals being too tight to drive fast and do less mpg :-)
Although speaking as a cyclist, I wish people did drive more slowly along country roads because there's precious little space if a car comes round a blind bend too quickly and there's a cyclist. Things have improved a lot in the UK since Brad Wiggins won the Tour de France and a load more people got on their bikes - there's had to be a greater awareness of cyclists by drivers since there are so many more on the road these days.
I've cycled many many miles for many many years so I'm always on the lookout for them and always give plenty of room. I've even squeezed cars in the other lane to make room for the cyclists.
I must be on the odd side of folks because after I got out of the parking lot at Edinburgh Airport and down the road about two miles I was already comfortable driving on the opposite side of the road. I never felt uneasy or concerned, even driving in the larger cities like Glasgow and Inverness. I would absolutely rent another car when we go again. The independence of doing what we wanted when we wanted was refreshing.