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Who had driven an RHD car?

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Who had driven an RHD car?

Yep.  Every day for decades :)

Have driven in Ireland. They drive differently there

 

Last year was in USA for 3 weeks, Took 2.5 weeks to get used to the steering wheel on the other side. Left a few days later

 

 

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Ya, we vacationed in the West Indies.  Some of the islands drive on the left.  Took me about 10 minutes  to acclimate , no big deal.  

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I have driven a few RHD cars here in the USA with no issue. I do get a lot of comments about the steering wheel being on the wrong side. To which I always reply no it is on the right side.

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no problem driving a right hand drive car on the right side of the road, but found it very difficult mentally, driving on the left hand side of the road down under............

 

kept feeling like someone was going to run head on into me!

 

did it with a motorcycle, and just as tough.

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Drove a LHD on the left side of the road in the Virgin Islands for a few months. No problem until I got back here and wanted to turn left on red at lights. It's been over twenty years and I still catch myself thinking about it. 

 

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Learned to drive on the wrong side of the road, had a RHD MGA (with spare steering wheel for passenger), and many rentals in the UK - as long as there was other traffic never had a problem.

 

Is interesting that RHD and LHD cars have the same pedal arrangement and the London Tube has signs that say "walk right".

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Suspect Sao Paulo is a good match - most cars have had their side mirrors forcibly removed. Lane markings are more optional guidelines.

 

Is easy to tell your way around, is a McDonald's every mile.

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I now spend a considerable part of each year driving on the left. Find that I need to do a mental check most mornings as I head out onto the road. I ask 'Which side are we driving on today, Miss Daisy?' And she patiently reinforces my thinking. In a minute or two it becomes natural. Even when I get home, it takes a little to change back to RHD.

Have had a couple of frights. Worst one was doing a U-turn, tired, looking for a camping spot in the Rockies, and headed back up the lane I had driven down. A fast approaching pick-up truck got the message to me pretty quickly, though!

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In this part of the world we drive right hand drive cars on the left side of the road.  We have very few miles of freeways, the majority of roads are regular two lane..  There are probably several thousand left hand drive cars here, many of which are recent imports of older US models. I bought my first LHD car 40 years ago and still own it.  The only difficulty with driving from the left side of the car is in passing trucks where it is hard to see what is coming.

 

I drove on France for a week last year (a Toyota Yaris six speed manual).  The only problem was remembering to change gear with my right hand. 

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1912 Oakland Touring

1948 MG-TC

1956 Triumph TR-2

1958 Triumph TR-3

1958 Morgan Plus-4

1963? (built from a kit) Lotus Super 7

 

Enjoyed them all, but driving 2-lane country roads in hilly country like the NT state Catskills, and trying to pass a big truck - you were nearly fully in the oncoming lane by the time you could see oncoming traffic - a couple of serious scares !

 

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The biggest difficulty in driving on the other side is the rear vision mirror: it's in the wrong place! Next is the gear lever, you reach with the wrong hand.

 

Worse is European vs Oriental cars. The indicators and lights are on the left stalk in Euro cars, on the right in Oriental. We have one of each. Usually when the windscreen wipers go, we are turning, but other drivers don't get it!

 

My first time driving in the US my brother took me to a large hardware store somewhere near Boston MA, where he lives. I was OK until I entered the car park, when I went to the left. Woops, someone coming on that side, so after a moment of indecision I went to the right. As I went past he said "nice manoeuvre" out of the window!

 

I have also taken a RHD motorhome from UK to Paris. It was easy in a car with the controls on the side I am used to. Much harder when the controls are in the wrong place, as in my brother's Mini.

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Drove an 08 Wrangler that was RHD. Not sure if Fiat still runs the program but you used to be able to get em for rural postal workers. Automatic only though. I also once saw a very scare homemade RHD AMC eagle. By RHD I mean they had a second steering wheel that used a V belt to turn the real steering wheel and had rigged up a second set of pedals too. Never saw it run, just sitting on the side of the road (where it belonged). Poor Eagle

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Spent nearly 8 months in Bolton/Manchester UK over a two an a half years. Picked up a rental at the airport and didn't have any problems/issues. I became one of the drivers for others that came over while I was there. Scott...

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Had a 1978 Scimitar (RHD) , as my daily driver (New York State), no big deal except at toll booths. My passengers never got used to it.

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 A lot of brass era cars still have the shifter/ shift gate on the right side as this and the parking brake is out board on the drivers side. Also a 1930 Rolls Royce shifter still on the right. Driven a number of these early right hand drive autos and never felt uncomfortable in any. But then again I was raised on farm tractors and machinery where there never really is a left or right. McCormick- Deering 10-20's and 15-30's had the clutch on the far right and a hand lever on the left for a brake. Want to really test your skills. Try getting out of a Bucyrus Erie 22B  Power Shovel and hop in a North West 80 D. Dandy Dave!   

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As others have commented, controls in different positions are annoying but you do get used to that, sort of. My experiences, the 2 times I've taken US trips, are that straight forward driving is just that straight forward driving. While on a couple of occasions, on turning left or right, ended up on the wrong side of the road! However my most life threatening vehicle experiences were the 2 days, instead of driving, I chose not to. Both days, as a pedestrian, I looked the wrong way and was almost run over!

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Very experienced here - we lived in Scotland about 7 years total courtesy of the USN.  Our first trip there we drove nothing but British initially, then bought a VW made for USA markets and proceeded to drive a RHD car on the "wrong" side of the road.  We shipped that car back home and there was a big learning curve once we got back.   Our second trip we drove a RHD Mini and had no probs at all.  Our 1935 Morris is RHD and we've driven it extensively both in Scotland and the USA.  Our MGTC of course is RHD and draws a load of attention here.  I think a lot of this has to do with the size of the vehicle.  Our experience is with small cars.   When driving RHD in the UK the car's position on the road seems quite natural.  I do note the increase in "round-a-bouts" we see here in the USA.  Most American's are totally unfamiliar with that concept. 

Terry

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