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  1. Casheti

    Casheti New Member

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    Why is it that some countries drive on different sides?? Surely it would be cheaper to manufacture all cars with the steering wheel on one side, and why do different countires have to drive on different sides :banghead: I mean.. when automobiles were first introduced, why did they not just make all cars x hand drive, and all countries driving on the same side. I actually see no reason to swap it around depending on where you live. Anybody have an answer to this?
     
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    Swap it round... that's been fun in some countries, imagine what it would be like in the UK.

    I mean, once it's swapped the accidents would soar because people would be using right hand drive cars on the right hand side of the road, which would really cripple the view of your surroundings. Then all of the road markings need to be changed, which isn't cheap... it doesn't really cost any more to produce cars with steering wheels on other side, possibly slightly more to design. Changing it would be more hassle than it's worth.
     
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    Casheti New Member

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    Yes but what I'm asking is WHY did they make different countries drive on different sides in the first place!?!?! :confused:
     
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    zekrahminator McLovin

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    Back in Rome, one of the centurions prolly read the road blueprints upside-down or something :p
     
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    Google is your friend

    http://www.i18nguy.com/driver-side.html
     
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    Importantly Britain (especially England) has always associated moving with the left. Next time see how you go down the stairs when there's people on it. Most likely the left. Look at train stations and the escalators. If you need to go down fast, go on the left. Public places with pathways - people tend to keep to the left.
     
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    driving on the left dates back hundreds of years (when people walked on the left hand side of the road obviously), because you would draw your sword with your right hand, should some darstardly highwayman try and rob you
     
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    Ohhhhhh I see now. Thanks everyone for clearing that up :p Still odd to me but meh..

    It would feel so weird driving a car with the steering wheel on the left to me. I just cannot actually imagine it..
     
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    Also america wanted to be eccentric and unique... thats why there is right hand drive.. which is weird.
     
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    you mean left?
     
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    I would never want to drive a stick with my left hand as a right-hander, and driving stick is the only way to drive.
     
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    Cash I really wouldnt worry about it, when you legally drive a car for the first time you will learn on the left and when you drive abroad you will drive on the right! Then the fun begins lol

    I passed my test in Dec '98, 3 months later I went to work in the South of France for a year and took my car with me, when I got off the ferry in calais it was a trip but I soon got used to it and thats basically learning to drive in another country with crazy drivers, because you learn the basics for your test then once you pass you do a hell of alot more learning to become the best driver you can be :)
     
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    zekrahminator McLovin

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    Driving a car in a way that you can enjoy it: Stick shift!

    Driving a car in a way that turns the car purely into a transportation machine: Automatic.


    There is NOTHING like waiting till 4500RPM to shift...:pimp:.
     
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    what do you guys drive .. currently rocking moms corolla ..
     
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    Don't even wanna know.
     
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    True that.
    We have a rule here. Keep left unless overtaking.
    That way if your taking your V10 BMW out for a spin you can flash your lights and lean on the horn and expect people to GTFO-OTW :D
     
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    I go down stairs on the right or in the center. When I'm walking, I walk faster than anyone, so I just dodge accordingly. I do agree though, the left "lane" tends to have the most movement, but in America, even pedestrians behave like cars. You walk on the right, and people walking in the opposite direction are on the left.
     
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    Being 17, I drive my parent's cars.

    2006 Kia Rio with MT (base...no power steering, no rear windshield wiper, no AC)

    2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT with AT, underpowered and overweight...but the interior/convenience features are nice :).

    I personally suck at driving really large cars. I feel VERY uncomfortable doing things such as merging, and the weight doesn't help merging/stopping. Dodge made the mistake of telling the car to put more pressure on the front wheel brakes than the rear wheel brakes, which translates into the cargo finding itself in the front seat when I suddenly get a red light.
     
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    Lol.. there's a Vauxhall Carlton Diplomat I can have when I'm 17...

    It's not great but it's free, it's manual, it's fuel injection, and it's a start..

    Errbody has to start somewhere :D
     
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    Both easily climb above 200km/h ( 140miles/h )
    :)
     
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    when i get my licence, il be learning in this :D
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    Oooooooo Z4.

    They're cool...
     
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    Looks like a Navara but I bet I'm wrong :(

    You very rich lucky person :banghead:
     
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    My uncle has one of these but with the closed back which you can order extra.
    Nice, quiet ( when you sit in ) but not my type :)
     
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    My dream car is a BMW M3 Coupe.
     

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