Two thirds of the countries in the world drive on the right including much of Europe, the USA, China and Russia so the chances are if you are taking a car abroad this summer or hiring one you will have to quickly adjust to driving on the opposite site of the road.
1) Stay on busy roads for the first few days. With a car in front of you its much easier to remember to stay on the right side of the road. Be particularity careful on lonely roads, after taking a short break and in the morning.
2) Put a sticker on the dashboard reminding you to stay on the right.
3) if you’re hiring a car, opting for an automatic transmission over a manual one will make life slightly easier and will save you having to use the gearstick with your opposite hand.
4) Keep in mind that as the driver you should always be in the centre of the road.
5) Bring a navigator along if possible so you don’t have to worry about navigation and turns, and you can fully concentrate on the drive.
6) Pay particular attention at roundabouts which work in the reverse to Ireland so you need give way on the left and drive around anti-clockwise.
7) On motorways and dual carriageways, the overtaking and slow lanes are also reversed in Europe.
8) Expect the unexpected and give yourself space. Keep a greater distance than you normally would between you and the car in front to make sure you have the time and space to react if you need to.
18th July, 2018