[Tagging] Driving side

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Fri Mar 21 20:46:07 UTC 2014


On Fri, 2014-03-21 at 17:24 -0300, Fernando Trebien wrote:
> I wonder what you mean by "Is there any interest of using it on
> countries?". It's been defined for countries, and is used on it, as
> you said.
> 
> You could simply tag the country with "driving_side=right/left" and
> use the same (but with the opposite value) on those streets.
> 
> That said, I think driving side also implies "driver side" inside the
> vehicle. Though I find it very unlikely to see this information in use
> one day, it's best to define this meaning early on. A change of driver
> side requires either a change of vehicle or some special vehicle that
> can drive on both sides. In the case of your city, driving side
> changes, but driver side doesn't. You could include that in the
> description of "opposite".
> 
> One more thing: this only makes sense if there is no physical barrier
> between the opposite traffic directions. If there is, then it's just a
> separate way with no special change in driving side.

Car headlights are aligned to point slightly towards the nearside to
avoid dazzling oncoming drivers. For instance when we take our UK cars
to mainland Europe, we have to 'convert' the headlights to point the
other way,
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eurolites-Headlamp-Adaptors-Driving-Europe/dp/B001P5SPJW

If there is no physical barrier, I would expect dazzling to be a major
problem on that stretch of road.

Phil (trigpoint)





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