Going on holiday is fun, its what I look forward to all year round. When I was younger I used to go abroad for Sun, Sand and you know what. These days I’m more of a family guy (even have the waistline to prove it), I’ve got a wife and kids, when we go abroad we like to explore as much as we can. Although public transport can be ok, you really do need a car for that extra bit of freedom to take in the sites and go where your heart takes you.
The problem with taking your own car or getting a rental when you’re over there is that some countries drive on the wrong side of the road, by the wrong side I mean the right side. Did you know that only about a quarter of people in the world drive on the correct (left) side of the road? Obviously, the other three-quarters of people have completely got it wrong.
Driving on the right side is not as easy as some people think. Stickshifts have to be operated with your dumb left hand. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years driving on the wrong side of the road.
If it’s your first time driving on the right, don’t be over confident. It’s better to get some practice on quiet roads or even a parking lot before hitting the highways.
You might be better off hiring an automatic if you can. The first time driving on the right you will feel like your taking your test for the first time. Not having to change gear is one less thing to stress about.
When driving, if you see the back of a sign coming toward you, then you’re probably on the wrong side of the road. Like-wise a correctly facing sign is an indication you’re on the right side of the road, unless of course it’s a no-entry sign.
Remember the following rules:
- You will see oncoming traffic from the left
- When you turn left you cross oncoming traffic
- The slow lane of a motorway is the far right, try to stick to it, until you become more experienced
- Traffic on roundabouts goes counter-clockwise, give way to the left
The first few hours of driving on the right will be stressful and your concentration will be at its maximum. Having someone else in the car can be helpful to keep you right. It will also help to know local driving customs that may cause a further distraction to you; for example Spanish drivers often beep their horn at you before overtaking.
For additional assistance DriveRight offers a transparent sticker for your windscreen that serves as a reminder that helps keep you on the right side of the road.
Callum Wycliff, a travel and car enthusiast wrote this Blog. When Callum needs to finance his holidays abroad he uses Deal4yourwheels – sell my car experts; the sell my car experts who offer a safe, friendly and quick way to sell your car.