Motorways / Auto-estradas

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M27

(Versao em Portugues no final da pagina)

The Motorways here in the UK are called Ms: M3, M25, M27 etc. In Brazil they are called BRs (BR101 – aka death’s road, BR040, BR 116 etc). The signs along the Motorways are blue whereas along the other roads they’re green. In Brazil, the signs on the Auto-estradas are green.

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Blue signs along the Motorways / placas azuis ao longo das rodovias

There are many things that the British (not me, of course) take for granted and here’s a list of the things I like about the Motorways:

  • There are no pedestrians running for their lives trying to cross the roads – believe me, it happens in Brazil;
  • Cyclists are not allowed on Motorways and neither are people on horse backs – another winner in Brazil;
  • No stray dogs coming out of nowhere and ending up under your tyres – there are no stray dogs in England, not that I’ve seen;
  • Drivers do not overtake you by using the hard shoulders – needless to say it happens in the Tupiniquim world;
  • Everything’s signposted – yes, I do get lost in Brazil;
  • There are services along the way (all of them with coffee shops, proper toilets and petrol stations! Not to mention that nearly all services on the Motorways have got the rapid charger for Electric Vehicles (yay!). For more information on these charging services, check the Ecotricity website.
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Ecotricity Rapid Charger at M27 services

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Charging our car at M27 services

  • There are hotels in nearly every services too. (no-frills, of course but hey….)
  • If, by chance,  you get stuck in traffic while on the Motorway, there are no street vendors walking along the hard shoulder selling beer nor biscuits to drivers;
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Ladies’ / Banheiro feminino

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Chewable toothbrushes / escova de dentes mastigavel – disponivel a £1 (cada 2) nos banheiros

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Gents / Banheiro masculino

Don’t get me wrong, Brazil is a massive country and it still has a lot to develop along those lines. There are better roads there but since I’m from Rio, I’m writing about my experiences as a driver there.

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At the services / dentro das paradas na estrada

Versao em Portugues:

As rodovias aqui no Reino Unido sao chamadas de Motorways (M3, M25, M27 etc). NO Brazil elas sao chamadas de BRs (BR101 – tambem conhecida como Rodovia da Morte, BR040, BR116 etc). As placas ao longo das Motorways sao azuis e nas outras estradas (secundarias) as placas sao verdes. No Brasil, as placas nas rodovias sao verdes.

Tem muitas coisas que os Britanicos nao se dao conta ou nao dao o devido valor (menos eu, claro rs) e aqui vai uma lista das coisas que eu gosto nas Motorways:

  • Nao existem pedestres arriscando suas vidas ao atravessar as rodovias – coisa que sabemos ser normal no Brasil;
  • Ciclistas sao proibidos de usar as Motorways e o mesmo se aplica a pessoas a cavalo – outra coisa comum no Brasil;
  • Nao tem essa de cachorros vira-latas surgindo do nada e indo parar debaixo dos pneus do seu carro – ate agora NUNCA vi um cachorro de rua aqui na Inglaterra;
  • Os motoristas nao ultrapssam pelo acostamento – sabemos que na terra Tupiniquim isso eh comum;
  • Tudo aqui eh sinalizado –  e sim, eu me perco quando dirijo no Brasil;
  • Existem postos , chamados de Services ao longo das Motorways (todos eles possuem cafeterias, banheiros limpos e postos de gasolina! Isso sem falar que quase todos os Services possuem o Rapid Charger para quem tem um carro eletrico como nos (oba!). Para mais informacoes sobre esses servicos de recarga, de uma olhada no site da Ecotricity.
  • Existem hoteis em quase todas as paradas (Services) tambem. (nada de luxo mas po…rs)
  • Se por acaso voce estiver preso em um engarrafamento enquanto na Rodovia, nao tem essa de vendedores ambulantes no acostamento vendendo cerveja e biscoito O Globo aos motoristas;

Por favor, nao me levem a mal. O Brasil eh um pais enorme e tem muito o que desenvolver ainda no quesito estradas. Existem sim, rodovias muito boas mas como sou do Rio eu me baseio na minha experiencia como motorista por la.

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About claudiarant

Brazilian-born, British citizen and married to a Brit. I moved to the UK in 2011 and I decided to share my experiences, curiosities, challenges here so I hope you enjoy your reading. I'm an Industrial Designer a Language Teacher and a keen cyclist ;) Nascida no Brasil, cidada Britanica e marido britanico. Me mudei para o Reino Unido em 2011 e decidi compartilhar aqui minhas experiencias, curiosidades e desafios entao espero que curtam a leitura. Sou desenhista industrial e professora de idiomas (Ingles e Portugues para estrangeiros) e ciclismo eh minha nova paixao. View all posts by claudiarant

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