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View Poll Results: Should there be a universal driving system?
DEFINITELY!!! (ON THE LEFT) 7 16.28%
DEFINITELY!!! (ON THE RIGHT) 28 65.12%
NO WAY!!! 8 18.60%
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Old September 13th, 2007, 07:02 PM   #21
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It's really a non-issue, except for bordering countries that have opposite systems.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 07:12 PM   #22
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I think that a convertion from miles to kilometers worldwide has more priority than this left/right hand driving.
Same here! Driving on different sides of the road is not very problematic, however, different measurement systems are more troublesome/inconvenient. And at least with a conversion to metric, countries using imperial can use both during a transition phase.
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Old September 14th, 2007, 03:35 AM   #23
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don't forget that people need to get use to it. people who drived all their life on the left side can't sudenly drive on the right side becouse the goverment decided. it will cause many accidents.
Not neccesarily true. In september of 1967 Sweden switched from driving on the left to the right and in september and october of 1967 the amount of people killed in accidents dropped by 50% compared to the same months of 1966.
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Old September 14th, 2007, 09:38 AM   #24
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I think it's all about paying more attention. Denmark recently raised the speed limit from 110 to 130, and less traffic deaths were the result. When people don't pay attention, accidents happen. So low speed limits aren't necessarily safer.

I think when they switched from left to right driving, people were paying more attention as before.
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Old September 14th, 2007, 06:55 PM   #25
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All you need to know:

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Old September 14th, 2007, 07:53 PM   #26
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It doesn't look like it was answered, so I will answer the question of why certin countries drive on either side.

England started driving on the left because they rode horses and carriages on the left, so that people could duel as they crossed paths if need be. (Something like this)

When the U.S. started to not like the English and were getting ready to fight for independence, Americans started riding their horses on the right side to spite the British.

Both countries continued using the same side of the road when cars were introduced.

For the most part, for other countries, nations that generally have not like the British are on the right side of the road (United States and France for example). Countries that have been a part of the British Empire drive on the left (Britain and Australia for example). There are exceptions to this, but for the most part, this is how it goes.
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Old September 14th, 2007, 10:04 PM   #27
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Just a fun fact.

Portugal is one of the right-side driving nations; but in Macao, the former Portuguese colony located at the southeast coast of China, is driving on the left in oppose to the other Portuguese colonies and the mother-country.

Why? Because Macao couldn't import automobile from China back in the very communist day and the market was too small to afford importing automobile for the city own use from overseas. So the city has to adopt the British way and import automobile from Hong Kong instead.
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Old September 14th, 2007, 10:10 PM   #28
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nations that generally have not like the British
Wow..then they had more "haters" than the US nowadays
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Old September 15th, 2007, 12:03 AM   #29
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Wow..then they had more "haters" than the US nowadays
Well the Brits did manage to colonize half the world....The Americans cant even properly colonize Iraq (not like the British are of any help).

In all seriousness though, there is no need to change, as most countries that drive on the left are on islands. Switching is easy, just remember that as the driver, you always stay in the center of the road.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 06:54 AM   #30
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It doesn't look like it was answered, so I will answer the question of why certin countries drive on either side.

England started driving on the left because they rode horses and carriages on the left, so that people could duel as they crossed paths if need be. (Something like this)

When the U.S. started to not like the English and were getting ready to fight for independence, Americans started riding their horses on the right side to spite the British.

Both countries continued using the same side of the road when cars were introduced.

For the most part, for other countries, nations that generally have not like the British are on the right side of the road (United States and France for example). Countries that have been a part of the British Empire drive on the left (Britain and Australia for example). There are exceptions to this, but for the most part, this is how it goes.
Asian countries such as Japan and Thailand are not commonwealth countries or don't have strong British influence but prefer driving on the left side of the road. Same with Indonesia.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 08:02 AM   #31
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Old September 17th, 2007, 08:16 AM   #32
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I would like to see interchanges in other countries as well such as the ones between UK and France, etc.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 10:09 AM   #33
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There is no road connection between France and United Kingdom.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 10:23 AM   #34
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There is no road connection between France and United Kingdom.
They have a tunnel right?
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Old September 17th, 2007, 11:42 AM   #35
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They have a tunnel right?
Yeah, but it's a rail tunnel only. The cars are loaded on the train if you want to cross to the other country.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 06:14 PM   #36
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They have a tunnel right?
Yes, but it's a train tunnel, which turned out very unprofitable. As usual with these train connections, they always think it's better than reality. They'd better builded a road tunnel, or a combined rail/road tunnel.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 07:27 PM   #37
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Yes, but it's a train tunnel, which turned out very unprofitable. As usual with these train connections, they always think it's better than reality. They'd better builded a road tunnel, or a combined rail/road tunnel.
But cars can't travel as fast as the trains which saves people more time.
And ventilation is also a problem with cars running in such a long stretch of undersea and underground tunnel.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 08:03 PM   #38
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But cars can't travel as fast as the trains which saves people more time.
And ventilation is also a problem with cars running in such a long stretch of undersea and underground tunnel.
Yeah but fewer people take the train, especially for holidays, so overall, a road tunnel would be more usefull.

Ventilation is not such a problem anymore in the 21st century.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 09:28 PM   #39
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But cars can't travel as fast as the trains which saves people more time.
Can't imagine the train is allowed to drive very fast in the tunnel too... And more in general: PT takes more time than just from station A to station B. Overtaking your car in the shuttle is extremely expensive. You won't do that unless you have a lot of money or very little time. There are excellent (cheaper) ferries from France, Belgium and even the Netherlands. Those are much more popular.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 09:34 PM   #40
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Train prices differs between € 70 cheap and € 279 expensive.

One way. I think a ferry might be cheaper, and only a little slower.

Trucks are paying € 400.
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