Plot twist - it’s actually a fantastic place to drive and a lot better than driving in the UK. As a Brit living in California for 10 years, I love driving here because of the following uniquely American driving experiences:
You don’t need a front license plate (even though it’s the law in CA, I consider the $25 fix it ticket a beauty tax to keep my front bumper clean).
There are no speed cameras. You have to actually get pulled over here, and if you are unlucky enough to get a speeding ticket, you can usually use a traffic lawyer to get you out of it for the same price as the fine without any points on your license.
Cars are much bigger, more powerful and much better equipped than their European counterparts.
Gas - despite current prices here in CA - is still a lot cheaper than everywhere in Europe.
Until 2019, we could drive with dealer plates on in CA for the entire duration of your lease so your car always felt “new”.
It’s perfectly acceptable to ‘undertake’ so those left lane hogs don’t really matter.
Despite the bad traffic in urban areas, there are still some incredible, world-class driving roads a short drive outside many major cities.
The car culture - especially in CA - is incredible. I’ve never seen such an awesome variety of vehicles in any other place on Earth.
Finally, I think American license plates are really cool with tons of personality for each state.