Around a third of the world's population in 58 countries is driving “the wrong side of the road”. In Europe there is left-hand traffic in Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta. This may be a challenge for many who are used driving on the right. With a little empathy and a right-hand vehicle, it is not that difficult to adapt to this situation. Basically, the following applies to the vehicle driven on the right:
The steering wheel is on the right side.
The gear lever is in the middle, so it is operated with the left hand. With very few exceptions, the shift pattern is the same as in a left-hand drive vehicle, i.e. the first gear is in the top left of the shift gate.
The levers for the indicators and windshield wipers are reversed (indicator lever on the right!).
The arrangement of the pedals is identical to
to a left hand drive.
The first time you start with the unfamiliar right-hand drive, start off slowly, especially calm and defensive driving helps to get used to the mirror-inverted situation quickly. Caution: Do not overact driving on the left, many drivers who are driving on the left for the first time instinctively drive too far to the left! Keep to the central line! The danger of getting into the wrong lane is particularly great when turning. Our daily driving practice leads to many automatisms, which have to be overcome in this new situation - concentration is the order of the day. After a few days, however, left-hand traffic quickly becomes a matter of course - be careful, at home you have to switch back to right-hand traffic!