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Will The UK Ever Drive On The Right Side?  
User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5645 times:

Do you think the UK will ever change their minds, to drive on the right side? It would make the world way easier for car manufacturers and people who want to travel by car to the UK, or for Brits who want to drive by car in another country.

20 or 30 years ago, few people could image that the UK would someday adopt the metric system - so I think, maybe in another 30 years, they'll have a brave government which forces them to standardize with the civilized world  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineToady From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5593 times:

We may have "adopted" the metric system but we don't use it fully. We still talk in terms of pints, gallons, pounds, ounces, miles etc.
Maybe we'll "adopt" driving on the right, but we'll continue driving on the left!!


User currently offlineV Jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5584 times:

I really cant understand people who have trouble adapting to driving on either side of the road. It's really very easy. How boring the world would be if it was all the same!

User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5580 times:

In Italy they have the problem solved.

This is what a I saw:

People just drove in the middle of the street. And they parked on the highways.



At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16335 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5562 times:

Maybe the Brits will drive on the right in shifts....trucks & buses one year, cars the next year if successful.

hehehe




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16892 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5554 times:

The Worst is the US Virgin Islands, you have to drive on the left there. Which is ridiculous because it's a US territory and all the cars there have the wheel on the left, so you have to drive on the left with the wheel on the left.

Which is hard, especially going up those crazy mountains, the best explanation I could get is that in the cities (Charlotte Amalie) the roads were built by the Dutch and British with left side of the road driving in mind. But I thought the Dutch drove on the right?.



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User currently offlineRayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5554 times:

I'd like to hear from a Swede old enough who remembers their changeover in 1967.

Perhaps he could also tell us how many more cars there are on the road now compared with 35 years ago.

Of course, there are still many cars produced for the rhd market other than for the UK. The Japanese for one.

Ray


User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5555 times:



User currently offlineRayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5547 times:

So Brian, what side does he drive on.

Or is at a she?

R


User currently offlineDripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5543 times:

"Honey...I've been telling ya since back there at the aero-port, these Brits drive on the right side too..."



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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5529 times:

Well, uh why should they, or we for that matter?

We're used to this system, why should we change just for Americans. Why doesnt America change to our system then?

Typical.

QANTASforever


User currently offlineClipperhawaii From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2033 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5528 times:

Why? Because we are the world leader thats why! Conform or be cast out!
hahahahahahaha. Besides what does driving on the "other" side of the road have to do with America anyway? Sheesh! Typical.

My steering wheel is on the left(right side)

ClipperHawaii



"You Can't Beat The Experience"
User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5523 times:

Q4e, notice that the guy who brought up the subject is German...not American. Jeez, even when Euros or Aussies recieve contructive criticism from other Euros or Aussies, somehow the discussion is turned into how the US "sucks" or forces other countries to conform to it!  Yeah sure

B4e-Forever New Frontiers


User currently offlineClipperhawaii From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2033 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5523 times:

Boeing4ever, Yeah it is called a one track mind. Some sort of inferiority complex. I can never understand it myself. Guess I am too American for a comlexity!  Smile

CH



"You Can't Beat The Experience"
User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5519 times:

There are plenty of other countries that use the other side of the road:
Australia
Hong Kong (PRC)
New Zealand

The US can't switch to the other side of the road. We've invested way too much in highways.

STT757,
I don't agree with the idea that the US Virgin Islands should switch to the other side of the road just because they're a territory of the States. After all, the Canadians are a part of the Commonwealth. They drive American-style, so the logic doesn't click.

-Aer



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User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1067 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5510 times:

Just imagine how hard it would be to pass a slow moving car on a two lane highway when the cars drove on the right and the steering wheel was also on the right!! After just comming back to the US from Australia, I will tell you it's not that difficult to change over. It just takes a lot of concentration for the first couple days. Then it just comes naturally.

Dinker



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User currently offlinePower From Hungary, joined Jul 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5502 times:

I drive on the left here in Australia and I often visit the US and Europe and the change over takes about two days. I think that if the English are happy with it they do not need to change, just think how expensive it would be, but I would like to hear how Sweden did it.
I think if they do change (they like to be different) it will be because of some Euro legislation coming out of Brussels that they have to fall into line with the rest of Europe. I feel sorry for the English when they have to drive on the other side of the road in Europe with their right hand drive (pretty dangerous also).



User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5492 times:

I drive on the left here in Singapore, as does all of South East Asia except the Philippines. The Indian subcontinent drives on the left, as does all of Oceania. So does Japan but I'm not sure about Korea. Chances are all the 80+ countries of the British commonwealth drive on the left too (with the exception of Canada) so there is a large market for countries who drive on the left.

User currently offline'Longreach' From Australia, joined Jul 2001, 505 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5481 times:

This really makes me angry. I saw on TV a few days ago the history on this. To start with the world (evolving around England) all drove on the left.

The AMERICANS decided to be defiant over something stupid and changed to the right. Eventually most of Europe changed over except England.

So can you tell me why they should change to the right?? I think they should stick to the left for a matter of principle. As an Australian no matter what laws change, I will ALWAYS drive on the left.  Smile That could prove costly...

I am pretty sure what I saw on TV was factually correct... Can anyone expand on that?


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5470 times:

Well, things change very slowly here in Britain....I think changing driving sides would be like ending the monarchy or adopting the Euro....just too radical for the Brits!  Laugh out loud

You'll have to wait another 100 years or so...but we'll get there.........eventually!  Big grin

Regards


User currently offlineADG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5468 times:

Do you think the UK will ever change their minds, to drive on the right side? It would make the world way easier for car manufacturers and people who want to travel by car to the UK, or for Brits who want to drive by car in another country.

Actually, it would be just as easy if you guys learnt to drive on the left like the rest of us.

20 or 30 years ago, few people could image that the UK would someday adopt the metric system - so I think, maybe in another 30 years, they'll have a brave government which forces them to standardize with the civilized world


Before making statements like that we would need to establish the percentage of the world that drives on the left and compare it to the percentage on the right .. anyone know?




VH-ADG


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40013 posts, RR: 74
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5462 times:

The UK does drive on the right side.
Everyone else drives on the left side.

I think it's kind of cool the the UK drives on the right side.
It's one of the few charms left when visiting the UK. It's bad enough that they have Starbucks, Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonalds there now.  Sad




Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5449 times:

Does this include the trains aswell? And what about all those signs on the underground escalators that say 'keep to the left', don't say we gotta change those to.....!


Matt



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User currently offlineF.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1524 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5440 times:

I think Ireland will, maybe in a short time.
They demonstrated to be different from British people and their traditions.
They can choose to drive on the RIGHT (in both senses) side of the road.

I think Sweden changed from left to right about 35 years ago.


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5430 times:
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What's the big deal?

Every country has their own choices, driving on the left is no problem at all, driving on the right is no problem at all either. We just prefer it on the left, some people say we drive on the "wrong side of the road"? WTF does that mean, i didn't know there was a 'right' and 'wrong' side on the roads?  Nuts



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25 KRIC777 : The AMERICANS decided to be defiant over something stupid and changed to the right. Eventually most of Europe changed over except England. I believe I
26 RayPettit : As I understand it, much of Europe drives on the "other side" due to the likes of Napoleon, and also Hitler to a lesser extent. When these guys strutt
27 N949WP : For any country that has invested substantially into highways, any switchover will be prohibitively expensive. Even if you don't consider the roads, w
28 Post contains images EGNV : No we wont because we, just like the US, have invested so much in roads (or highways if you prefer). I think its more logical anyway. We do things fro
29 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : >>>Will The UK Ever Drive On The Right Side? Do you mean right as in "correct" or right as the opposite of left? I assume the former BTW, Austrians dr
30 RayPettit : Reagrding trains - in France they drive on the left like cars in the UK. But in Germany they tend to go on the right. One part of France where trains
31 Post contains images Leezyjet : South Africa also drives on the left too. Takes me about 2 mins to get used to the driving on the 'wrong' side, takes me about 2 weeks to actually get
32 RayPettit : Leezyjet, Yep, I try to get in on the wrong side when I'm abroad too. Its great being British and out of step with the rest of the world. Individuali
33 Post contains images Leezyjet : Ray, We ain't out of step, it's the rest of the world that's out of step with us, we conquered most of the world anyway (including half the USofA), no
34 Clipperhawaii : ...we conquered most of the world anyway (including half the USofA), not bad for a little island nation. Yeah? But happened? Hmmmm? CH
35 Post contains images Leezyjet : We felt all guilty and gave most of it back
36 Post contains images PPGMD : "We felt all guilty and gave most of it back " Yes you felt real guilty after you got your butts handed to you by some lowly colonists.
37 Post contains images Arsenal@LHR : Nah, we should carry on driving on the left side, let's be different and unique from the rest of the world. Could also start a thread on when will the
38 Post contains images DC-10 Levo : I just came back from Florida with my family and my dad found it really weird driving on the RHS in America! I just hope he remembers we drive on the
39 Post contains images Capt.Picard : I visited the states last year, and found the RHS no problem (i live in the UK). The only problem I had, occasionally, was emerging from a T junction,
40 Qantas744 : What about the Eurostar trains? They go on the left hand side in the UK but what happens when they are in France/Belgium? Do they crossover somewhere?
41 STT757 : "We felt all guilty and gave most of it back" Yeah but you folks came back in 1812 and burned down Washington, that was not very nice. Although that's
42 ADG : I wonder why people believe that we should "conform with them" anyway ... the fun of foreign countries is there uniqueness. Why change to become someo
43 RayPettit : Matt, As French and Belgian railways use left hand running like the UK, there are no complications for Eurostars. I see you're a train fan too, so try
44 Andrew : All Commonwealth countries (that is, countries that have been are currently are British colonies) drive on the left side of the road. This would inclu
45 SAS23 : Japan also drives on the left, as do most of the British colonies.
46 PHX-LJU : Andrew, Canada drives on the right. So your claim that "all Commonwealth countries drive on the left" is not true.
47 Qantas744 : Thanks for that Ray, I took a trip to Luxembourg and Germany by train a couple of years ago and now I recall that the trains are on the left. Due to m
48 Racko : In Germany, trains drive on the right.
49 LH423 : Obviously at this point, it's much too difficult for the UK to change or most other left-hand driving countries change for that matter. I think the Br
50 Paulc : Japan also drives on the left along with India (I think) One reason for the UK and Ireland to drive on the left is that we have no direct land border
51 Lan_Fanatic : Brits conquered most of the world? I'd rather say Spain was the Empire where the sun never sat(set? correct me if i'm wrong). They had: Florida Texas
52 Post contains links and images Arsenal@LHR : so brits, bring down your ego And we conquered all this: http://www.commonwealthfoundation.com/structure/countries.html Muahahahahaha.........
53 Vafi88 : Hey! I'm left handed, are you gonna make me use my right hand at gunpoint? To me, people like that are just another form of NAZIs...
54 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : On Tuesday, a British tourist was killed in Germany after being hit while crossing a street: she had looked right and stepped on the street - should h
55 Post contains images Arsenal@LHR : Not really airsicknessbag, the same could apply to a german in the UK looking left instead of right, then getting knocked over!
56 Banco : Besides, Daniel, I believe we in the UK have the safest roads in Europe despite being amongst the most crowded. So there.
57 Hkgspotter1 : The UK has always used the correct side of the road, same way we spell things correctly. You know COLOUR !!
58 Lubcha132 : and what's the deal with vauxhall/opel!
59 Lan_Fanatic : Arsenal@LHR....did brits had all those territories at the same time? Pues no! joder coño que me quedo con España
60 Post contains images Wn700driver : Yes you felt real guilty after you got your butts handed to you by some lowly colonists. Hehehehe, that's funny. Not a history buff are you? No doubt
61 Arsenal@LHR : Over a period if time lan fanatic, not at the same time.
62 Post contains images Lan_Fanatic : Well Arsenal...Spain had all those territories at the same time
63 Post contains images Arsenal@LHR : So what? We're head of the commonwealth (the mother of all countries!)
64 Lan_Fanatic : Commonwealth? duh! what the hell is that =)
65 Munich : I have the feeling a lot of German drivers are out of GB, especially they drive on the Autobahn (it is a road like the interstates in America with 2 o
66 Munich : Sorry, the picture isn't above, it is on the topic "Speed limits" http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/267241/
67 Post contains images Racko : Munich, I've "replyed" to your posting in the speed-limit thread, seems more on-topic there
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