If I could make a small statement without offending too many people, I am a Brit and I have lived in the US for the last 10 years , unfortunately I have no desire to go back and the USA for me is now my home, my roots are in Birmingham ,England, but my heart is here , I love the country and I love the people, but may I say, the driving is absolutely apalling, in Europe everyone drives like a nutcase, but everybody has taken a very comprehensive driving test which is not a one day affair as it is over here, also the CBT bike test in England can be 6 weeks of anxiety and soul destroying to some ,let alone the amount of money it costs.
Now, I am not saying that everybody is a poor driver , the majority of Motorcyclists are just as proficient as anybody else , but a lot of cage drivers dont deserve a dog license and to be perfectly honest there actions or lack of them on the road are absolutely criminal .
The bike test was the easiest thing in the world to take in Florida and you can take it on just about anything over 50CC , go straight to the dealership and buy a ZX10R, are you kidding me????
The car test is a joke and if you fail the multiple choice questions on the screen you just go to the back of the queue until you get it right , then you drive round a parking lot at no more than 10MPH for 5 minutes , stop, turn , park your car and go get your license.
I know it would seem a pain in the arse for some people , but if the driving tests were as nerve rackingly hard as they are in England and if you were properly penalised for DUI's and dangerous driving , the roads would be a safer place and people would think twice and maybe look twice.
And to add on more thing , it is also pure human ignorance to think that just because you are in a 2 ton SUV you are protected from the world and it doesnt matter if bikes bounce off you, you'll be ok.
I'll step off my soapbox now.