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Old 02-27-2004, 06:53 PM   #1
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Default do cars with the steering wheel on the right...

on cars with the steering wheel on the right are the pedals switched too? is the gas on the left and the clutch on the right?
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Old 02-27-2004, 06:53 PM   #2
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No. The gas pedal is closest to the door.
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Old 02-27-2004, 06:54 PM   #3
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ok, because that would be really weird, i have been wondering this for a while
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Old 02-27-2004, 06:57 PM   #4
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The only adjustment inside the car is shifting with your left hand.

If you're in Japan or a country where you drive on the left side, left and right turns are a far bigger adjustment than shifting.
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Old 02-27-2004, 06:59 PM   #5
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ok, i dont even know why i asked this. im not going to any other countries or anything, just curious
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:00 PM   #6
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The rear-view mirror is different though, the images aren't reversed like on left-hand drives.
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:02 PM   #7
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:07 PM   #8
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I have always wondered about the shifting in right hand drive cars. Is first gear up and to the right or up and to the left like on our cars?
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:16 PM   #9
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IIRC correctly, the gear order is exactly the same. So in a RHD car, First would be away and up.
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:21 PM   #10
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IIRC correctly, the gear order is exactly the same. So in a RHD car, First would be away and up.
You are correct sir. Funny, when I moved here, I wondered the same things about left hand drive cars.
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:23 PM   #11
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Is it true the Speedometer and Tach sweep the other way also?!?

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Old 02-27-2004, 07:24 PM   #12
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Aren't the turn signal and wiper stalks reversed though (so the signal stalk is on the side nearest the door)? I thought I remembered that from Japan.
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:28 PM   #13
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I almost died in my first day on Cyprus. You should look both ways before crossing, but sometimes we look left, take a step and then look right.

When I took that step, my friend slammed me in the chest knocking me backwards, as a car came flying by from the right.

Damn you, wrong-side drivers!
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:28 PM   #14
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Good Lord my Mazda had a dash knob for the wipers. I don't remember where the turn signal stem was.
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:30 PM   #15
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When I lived in England, I drove, and you just get used to everything being reverse.

I actually had a harder time when I moved back to the states. Every time I went to shift gears, I punched the door!
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:31 PM   #16
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Good Lord my Mazda had a dash knob for the wipers. I don't remember where the turn signal stem was.

Yep, my first car was a 1986 RX-7 - same thing with the dash knobs. I don't remember where the signal was either!
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:32 PM   #17
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When I lived in England, I drove, and you just get used to everything being reverse.

I actually had a harder time when I moved back to the states. Every time I went to shift gears, I punched the door!


It's funny because it's true!!! I did the same thing. I think I might share you comment with the folks - they'll appreciate it!
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:44 PM   #18
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The shift pattern is the same, as mentioned. The pedal configuration is the same, as mentioned. The wiper and signal stalks are on the opposite sides.

I kept trying to check the rearview mirror and looking out the window. Adjusting the mirror was a bit odd also. Good times when a guy in a Porsche pulls up next to you and is the one doing the double take.
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:54 PM   #19
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Aren't the turn signal and wiper stalks reversed though (so the signal stalk is on the side nearest the door)? I thought I remembered that from Japan.

Yup. The shifting was easy to adjust to, but I must have put on the wipers 5 or 10 times meaning to put on the turn signals
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:54 PM   #20
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Yup. The shifting was easy to adjust to, but I must have put on the wipers 5 or 10 times meaning to put on the turn signals
Yup, that's fun. Only the opposite.
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Old 02-27-2004, 07:57 PM   #21
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We underprivileged people in the RHD world do suffer. In the case of cars designed in the RHD world the indicator stalk is on the right hand side (closest to the door) but often a car originally designed for LHD will just transplant the steering column so the indicator stalk is on the left hand side. The sales people tell us that the car has the controls in the European style, I call it cheap!

So imagine you are heading to a turn off. You need to use your left hand to change gears and use the indicator stalk, plus even use the handbrake. The right hand gets very bored.

The hardest thing I find is reversing. For some reason it doesn't feel right to look over the opposite shoulder in another country. The other thing that often catches you is that you keep going to the passenger door rather than the driver door.

The speedo and tacho do go in the opposite direction but only for cars in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Old 02-27-2004, 08:08 PM   #22
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When I was in Japan, I couldn't even ride a bike and stay on the correct side of the street. I'd be very afraid to drive over there :P
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Old 02-27-2004, 08:09 PM   #23
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The speedo and tacho do go in the opposite direction but only for cars in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Old 02-27-2004, 08:10 PM   #24
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The speedo and tacho do go in the opposite direction but only for cars in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Old 02-28-2004, 02:16 AM   #25
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Mounting points of the windshield wipers are also mirror image, so that you still get a larger wiped area on the driver's side. [Except the one-armed Mercedes.]

It's also a problem with some car stereo. The volume knob, which is the most often used, is now further away from the driver.

One nice thing is that the ignition is usually to the right of the driver. So, if you're outside the car, and just want to turn the key to "ON" to get radio or power, you don't need to reach all the way over the steering wheel.

I think that's about it. You guys have already mentioned most.
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