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Driving a Left Hand Drive car in the UK
How is it different?
Get used to driving in the ditch. Or, at least, that will be how it feels at first from your new viewpoint. This will tempt you too move out into the middle of the road too much, into the path of big heavy problems coming the other way!
The other problem at first is changing gear, the right hand is just not used to doing things like this when driving and it can be difficult and of course distracting changing gear whilst on the move. Practice changing gear whilst stationary as much as possible, when stopped in traffic queues etc. Also consider not changing gear in the face of oncoming traffic, that way if you do miss the gear and inadvertantly steer off course whilst trying to find it, you will have the whole road to use rather than just your own side.
Drive on the left with Pride
Did you know?
Research in 1969 by J.J. Leeming showed that countries that drive on the left had a lower accident rate than countries that drive on the right, but this research is questioned in Peter Kincaid's book on the rule of the road. Some countries that have switched to driving on the right (such as Sweden) saw their long term accident rates increase by more than any increase in traffic volumes. It has been suggested, but not proven, that this is partly because it is more common to be right-eye dominant. Traffic flows in a clockwise direction when driving on the left which enables right eyed people to use the right eye to see oncoming traffic. When overtaking on a right-side-driving road, the right-eyed driver looks in the wing mirror with the left eye and also views the oncoming traffic with the left eye which is not suited to the majority right-eyed people.