[Tagging] Driving side

Fernando Trebien fernando.trebien at gmail.com
Fri Mar 21 21:09:59 UTC 2014


Read this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-_and_left-hand_traffic#Driver_seating_position
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-_and_left-hand_traffic#Restrictions_on_wrong-hand_drive_vehicles

On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 6:04 PM, Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:
>
> On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 3:24 PM, Fernando Trebien
> <fernando.trebien at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> 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".
>
>
> I wish this urban legend would die already, because I know of no place on
> the planet this is actually true.  If this were actually true, the US Postal
> Service would have all of 3 vehicles in their multimillion-vehicle fleet
> with the steering wheel on the "legal" side, and an ever growing population
> of kei cars imported from Japan registered in Oklahoma would be "banned"
> (they are in most states because Japan's domestic vehicles don't meet crash
> standards in most states, whereas Oklahoma places a stronger emphasis on
> driver ability than vehicle crash-worthiness than most states). The seating
> position of the driver is merely a feature of convenience and largely up to
> driver preference.  Most drivers prefer left hand drive in keep-right
> countries, and right hand drive in keep-left countries because it greatly
> increases visibility when overtaking.  Having driven RHS vehicles in North
> America, I can safely say it's not impossible, but you have to really
> increase your run-up length to pass safely just because of the sightline
> when looking to overtake.  Drivers who have to reach for curbside objects a
> lot tend to prefer RHS vehicles because they don't have to step in traffic
> or reach across the vehicle to, say, collect garbage, deliver mail, restripe
> a curb, deliver a package, etc.
>
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