Even though I speak fluent Swedish I still prefer reading in English (probably due to my dyslexia). Thus I like to have resources like TheLocal.se to touch on news bits from Sweden and it seems yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of when the entire country switched over from driving on the wrong side of the road, a.k.a. the left, to the right side of the road! Can you imagine something like that being done today in any country let alone the USA? Personally I think England should follow the lead of the old colonies and switch over as well – don’t you?
Most of us know that not all parts of the US drive on the right. The USVI, for example, are still left hand drive as well as a number of other Caribbean islands also still maintain left hand driving. I think the first time I ever drove left hand side of the road was when I went to Grand Cayman 5 years ago for two weeks of diving free on points. I will admit it did take constant reminders to drive left but I think I got the hang of it rather quickly. The worst part was turning on the wipers when I was trying to use the turn signal (a dead giveaway someone is renting if you see them with wipers on on a sunny day).
While most of the civilized world now drives on the “proper” side we still have to contend with left hand driving if we are going to rent cars in a number of places worldwide (Wikipedia maintains a list for us here).
I personally really like the fun of driving on the left now and then. A few years ago my wife and I spent a week driving around England in this little Ford Mondeo and I do admit I embraced my inner “Top Gear” self on some of those back country roads. It was great fun! My only issue was forcing myself not to get in on the passenger side since, for some inexplicable reason, the steering wheel was installed on the wrong side of the car. 😉
But driving on the left can be exhausting mentally after a while and I am always happy to get home and back to the way things naturally should be. And that brings me to my question for you today. Would you rent a car for left hand traffic? Also, in the comments part of the post, would you feel more or less comfortable with a left hand or right hand wheel in the car when you are driving in a country with left hand drive? – René
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