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Old 01-18-2019, 08:59 AM
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Default Silly question about cars in Europe

Or maybe I should say......manual transmission vehicle with right hand drive.


Got to wondering.......about the gear shifter. In the US, you shift into 1st gear toward you, on the left as
has you change gears, it moves further and further toward the right.
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So I realize that the right hand drive vehicle would make it so your gear shift is near your left hand.
Is the gear pattern the same as in the US?
Like the photo in this article
https://laurenfix.com/article/how-to...60491943359375
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My friend has a Japanize car that he imported and it is right hand drive. The gear shift is the same as in the US, but the turn signals and wipers are on opposite sides of the steering wheel
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With our stick shift in Germany first gear is forward and left. At least with my car Second is down left, third is forward and right and so on...
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Only car I ever drove was my [ beloved ] Yugo 55. That right there should explain why I am being sent to re - do my driver ‘s license here . The stick looked nothing like a modern European or American car . [ Especially that in the link . ] It was a flimsy stick sticking out from the floor but, to put it in drive, it was forward and left . I jiggled it around to get the next gear .

It was a total „ Put it in H ! ” moment from the Simpsons . .
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I think most countries in Europe have a right hand sided traffic, just like the U.S....but I did live in the UK for a couple of years back in the day - and I'll tell ya I did NOT drive.... I've been wondering about the "wrong sided" stick myself at times

I'm sure your brain gets used to these things eventually, but even after two years in England I still often nearly stepped in front of a car when crossing a road....because I looked to the wrong direction whilst checking if any cars were coming
Duh, yes, cars were coming....it's just that they were coming from another direction
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Same as on Turks & Caicos when I go there... you sit right and your drive left but there I mostly have automatic but it's funny... instead of the blinker I usually turn on the windshield wiper...
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Same as on Turks & Caicos when I go there... you sit right and your drive left but there I mostly have automatic but it's funny... instead of the blinker I usually turn on the windshield wiper...
Oh, and I just remembered this too from my years in England...whenever we were walking to a friend's car in a parking lot in order to get in the car, I would automatically walk to the driver's door thinking I was heading to the passenger side door.... My friends would always be laughing at me: oh, you want to drive now?
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In the Uk we like to differ, we drive on the left and most of our cars are manual gear so for me driving on the right in an automatic is always entertaining.I am always glad when I get to where I am going without incident. On my last visit I tried to inexplicably leave the car rental place through an exit clearly marked staff only and I had to do a three point turn to get back the right way. I got in a real confused state and keep turning the wipers on as they were where I thought the indicator would be.
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My postal vehicle was right hand drive but it was an automatic.
Turn sig was on the left side of steering wheel and the wipers were on the same *stick*


Im so used to the stick shift being on the right and Im so *right* hand dominant I could not drive if it was reversed. Nor could I feel comfortable driving on the left side of the road !
And forget traffic circles!!!!!!!!!!!!

I dont/didnt mind at all with the right hand drive part, and in fact it made parallel parking sooooooo much easier.
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Oh yeah......added parallel to the sentence above.


Cant tell you how many times I would go to the wrong door.
Especially when I first started working at the post office. We had several different vehicles. Some with right hand drive, and some regular old cars (govt vehicles)
And you wouldnt always have the same vehicle in the same day.
So maybe you first when out with a jeep, then the Kcar, then the 1 ton.
by the time I'd get to my personal vehicle.....Id just stand there.....lol. Or open the passenger door.
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