'The Bear's' topic re his health problems as a result of an accident in a parking lot got me to thinking about what it would be like for me, as an
American, to drive in a country, such as a UK country, and having to drive on the left.
So I took a look at a YouTube video which was well done, and posted by an American re his very first drive in Great Britain, and set in a crowded urban environment; the vid was shot during daylight with clear skies.
I have to tell you that I got one intense migraine headache watching this 8 min vid. It really stressed my neurological neurons to 'imagine' my having to safely engaged in such a task, and having to force myself to stay on task with such extreme intensity every single second. Talk about being a creature of habit.
By the way, those of you who drive on the left are safe; I'm not anticipating visiting you!!!
I did it in reverse, as in came to America and suddenly had to drive on the right. My driving test in the US consisted of driving round the block which as cities are built on grids makes a kind of sense.
Only time I've every driven on the right was on a bike which wasn't so bad as all the controls were in the same place , just leaving me to
mind the road and not force my right hand to do strange things
At least in America there are no roundabouts - or at least there were none in DC/Springfield
It would be a mindshift and can cause some confusion as people do tend to develop habits or automatic responses to situations which could get you into trouble in an crisis if you swerve right when you should swerve left. The nearest thing to anything like that I ever had to deal with was driving European import cars. the turn signals are all on the left of the steering wheel with the wipers on the right. Most Aust cars the opposite is true. I'd often turn on the wipers when trying to make a turn.
I was a passenger once in a snowstorm that came on after the "snow day" was declared. It took my colleague 4 hours to drive to his house in a journey that usually lasted 20 minutes. He was a nervous wreck by the time he got home and my husband had to drive to come get me.
I have driven in France in my own car and in Corsica and Lanzarote in hired cars. The worst bit about Lanzarote was they had deep rain water ditches
right on the side of the road - a few inches from the line. And I couldn't see them from where I was driving.
And the worst thing in France was starting out in the morning and coming to your first roundabout (possibly traffic circle) and being tempted to go the wrong way round. It does mean you have to keep your wits about you.
I bet it made you drive carefully.
Yup. That would do it.
I've driven in France, quite a bit. Apart from nearly pulling out into the wrong lane, at a junction, I found it pretty simple. When overtaking, as I
was in a left-hand drive car, I actually ound it easier, once I'd figured things out, coz I just hugged the kerb and found I could see further ahead
of the car in front, than I could from the offside.
Driving in Italy was phun, coz Italian drivers are exactly as their stereotypes suggest.
I followed one, in a little Fiat, across the mountains, on one of those wiggly roads. There were concrete posts, along the open side of the road, and I swear he hit every one of them and didn't ever stop, even though bits were falling of his car!