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Driving Between Countries (Left/Right Sides)  
User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1138 times:

Say you were driving in a country that has right hand traffic (USA) and then you crossed the border into a country that has left hand traffic (UK), how would the roads change?

Will you just drive on the left side of your car on the left side of the road?

Is there a place like this?


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User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1123 times:

Gotta think..all of the left side driving countries are former British colonies. Most are islands. The only ones that aren't/weren't that I can think of are Guyana and South Africa, and maybe Hong Kong and India, though I'm not certain about any of them.

User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1122 times:

aren't/weren't
Supposed to be are/were...


User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5564 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

I have been driving in many countries. There is no problem. My country (Switzerland drives right). When you take the channel train between France and UK you have to change ---- no problem.

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1086 times:

Hurricane: What about Japan?


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User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

Does Japan drive on the left side? I didn't know that...
It's an island so it wouldn't matter anyway.


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1075 times:

Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Laos, China (I believe) all drive on the left.

Approx 65% of the world's surface area drives on the left.



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User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

65% ??
Please name a few big countries besides Australia to illustrate this.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

I must admit I thought China drove on the right. Not sure, though.

To directly answer the topic question I suppose you would have had that situation in Sweden prior to about 1954 (?? I'm sure a Swede will put me right here) when they switched from the left to the right. I don't know how they handled it when people drove over the border from Norway and Finland. Anyone care to enlighten us? Ask your Dad? Big grin



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User currently offlineDragogoalie From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1061 times:

Yes, japan does drive on the left. Talk about confusing...In the states I drive on the right, in Japan I'm supposed to be on the left, and when taking off or landing I'm supposed to be on the line...

--dragogoalie-#88--



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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

India, Pakistan I believe drive on the left also.


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User currently offlineBarfBag From India, joined Mar 2001, 2175 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1055 times:

In India, officially we drive on the left. Unofficially, people drive on whichever side of road they please. Most of the times, vehicles veer out of each others way at the last microsecond. But sometimes they end up as piles of mangled metal.

Singapore too drives on the left.



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User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1050 times:


Not answering the question, but interesting: did you know that Austrians drove on the left until joining the Great German Empire in 1938? When they became independent again, they decided not to change things again.

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1968 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1050 times:

One of my British friends drove her car to continental Europe. She said it was an absolute nightmare and she's never ever doing it again.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Hey how do you guys feel when you drive in a country that drives on the 'wrong' side of the road with respect to your home country? I personally haven't had the opportunity, but when I get to California next week I probably might give driving my friend's car a try.

"TURN RIGHT KEEP RIGHT......TURN LEFT KEEP RIGHT"

Anyway there is always ONE perfect guideline to make sure you're driving at the 'correct' side of the road: For a dual carriageway, your steering wheel must always be at the centre of the road!


User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1047 times:

I drove in UK for 6 month with my French car. No problem at all (except maybe for overtaknig)
But it helped a lot that I rode a bicycle there for 6 months before (after that, it is just natural to drive on the left side of the road)

Japan does drive on the left side
so does Hong Kong
China does not, though (which means you change sides when you cross the "border")


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1039 times:

Actually Docpepz, it is interesting you raise that because the Spanish have just released some research showing that British drivers are the most likely to have an accident in Spain. Now, you need to take into account that the death rate on British roads is just about the lowest in the world, so it isn't an issue of British drivers being poor. It clearly does show though, that those of us used to driving on the left have significant problems when we have to drive on the other side of the road. Presumably, it would be the same the other way around.

Of course, some of these drivers will be in UK cars (i.e. with the steering wheel on the right) and some in hire cars.

I've never had any problems driving in Europe (or North America) for that matter, but it does take some getting used to. I'm sure that I'm a higher risk when I'm over there though.



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User currently offlineNJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1027 times:

I regularly drive in both the US and UK. Never had a problem adjusting sides of both car and road. Drive to Philly, hop on a plane, get to Heathrow, pick up the rental car, hit the streets.

But only now after driving in the US for three years do I feel ready to tackle France and Germany  Smile





User currently offlineSK A340 From Sweden, joined Mar 2000, 845 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1004 times:


Banco: I don't know if the year is right, but it sounds right.
I've seen some really funny TV-clips from the day that Sweden switched from left-hand traffic to right-hand. The police simply stood in the middle of the streets and the cars came driving on the left side, turned over to the right side and just continued driving.

/SK A340


User currently offlineKL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 765 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 993 times:

Suriname, next to Guyana has also left-side driving.....because of the fact the British not only had Guyana in their power, but also Surinam for a short while...a few periods later they had traded Surinam to the Dutch, and the British bought New York (New Amsterdam in that period) from Holland.....some British Influences are left behind in Surinam, one of that influences is left-side driving....

so you won't have a problem when crossing the boarder between Suriname and Guyana, only that the boarder is a river!! so you have to take the ferry first.... Big grin



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User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 972 times:

The most dangerous time when you are driving on "the other side of the road" is about 2or 3 days into your spell,when you start to relax. You will pull out of a junction, turn the wrong way and find yourself on the wrong side of the road.
BTW there is one place in the UK where you drive on the right, that is the access road for the Savoy Hotel, just off the Strand in London,but seeing as it is a side turning it is not hard to manage.



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User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 957 times:

See this pic:
http://www.travel-library.com/general/driving/drivemap.gif


And this page: http://www.travel-library.com/general/driving/drive_which_side.html
Which side of the road do they drive on?


Ryanb741, I'm afraid your 65% figure looks wrong.


User currently offlineAirblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 938 times:

Add to the list of country who drive on the left also Indonesia.
If I'm not wrong, China drives on the rigth. But when you see on TV some Chinese towns it's diffucult to understand on which side they drive cause usually you could see only a lot of bikes and confusion.


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