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Old September 9th, 2009, 11:28 AM   #21
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Old September 9th, 2009, 06:28 PM   #22
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I wonder what that means for the drive thru restaurants.
You can only access them when you have a passenger with you
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Old September 9th, 2009, 09:00 PM   #23
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Or you could just go in the other way, cept they'd need to move the speaker thingy where they take your order. no point ordering after you pass the window.
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Old September 9th, 2009, 09:51 PM   #24
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Or drive backwards into the drive
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Old September 9th, 2009, 09:56 PM   #25
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This won't solve the problem, sorry
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Old September 9th, 2009, 11:43 PM   #26
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Well, the British which used to live in Germany due to their military presence over here, have that problem all the time. They have to park, buy their food inside and then go back to their car. I've seen them doing that.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 03:33 AM   #27
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What an absolutely retarded thing to do, what a waste of government money to switch sides of the road despite opposition from the people. To say they can buy cars cheaper is bs too, hell if anything I wonder how much they spent to do this conversion.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 05:01 AM   #28
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lol what are the pros and cons of either side. there are none. it's just wherever you're brought up which makes it feel natural or unnatural.
....that it's more natural for me to operate the gearstick with my right hand, rather than my left hand. Also, in my case, I find driving on the right a lot easier on the eyes, especially at night.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 05:44 AM   #29
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What about public transport, buses with doors on the wrong side?
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Old September 10th, 2009, 07:07 AM   #30
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....that it's more natural for me to operate the gearstick with my right hand, rather than my left hand.
yeah, I think this is the most important factor:

for a right handed people its much easier to operate the gearstick with right hand therefore the right hand driving is much better for them...

(since most of the people are right handed, right hand driving is the better solution...
ofcourse this means that left handed people are discriminated...)
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Old September 10th, 2009, 09:21 AM   #31
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Shortly before dawn this morning, crews of sign-writers and road-workers were gearing up in Samoa to get the country's roads ready for the switch-over from right to left-hand drive. Months of protests, a high-profile public legal challenge, and a petition signed by more than 200 Samoan matai or chiefs failed to persuade the government not to go ahead with the changeover.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 05:33 PM   #32
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I find driving on the right a lot easier on the eyes, especially at night.
Huh???

I'm right handed and find driving on the left more natural...but then again I grew up in a country that drives on the left...that's why it feels natural. Even discounting that for a second I'd prefer to have my right 'controlling' hand on the steering wheel.
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This won't solve the problem, sorry
Maybe there is no problem when there is no drive-thru on Samoa
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Old September 10th, 2009, 07:04 PM   #34
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....that it's more natural for me to operate the gearstick with my right hand, rather than my left hand.
It is more natural to operate the gear stick with the right hand, however, you are then left to control your steering wheel with the left hand, which is less natural. Ask yourself: what is more important, holding the steering wheel tighter so that you are less likely to crash, or changing the gear on time? Furthermore, I have been driving on the left for quite a while now and I have no problems with changing gears at all, hence I don't think that this is a valid argument.

If it was up to me, everyone would be driving on the same side of the road. Because Europe and America drive on the right, my first choice would be the right hand side. However, these arguments about which is more natural or which is better are baseless. Driving on the left with an RHD car is just as comfortable and safe as driving on the right with an LHD car.


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Also, in my case, I find driving on the right a lot easier on the eyes, especially at night.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 08:29 PM   #35
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From Wikipedia:

"Research in 1969 by J. J. Leeming showed countries driving on the left have a lower collision rate than countries driving on the right. It has been suggested this is partly because humans are more commonly right-eye dominant than left-eye dominant.[21][22][23] In left-hand traffic, the predominantly better-performing right eye is used to monitor oncoming traffic and the driver's wing mirror. In right-hand traffic, oncoming traffic and the driver's wing mirror are handled by the predominantly weaker left eye."

It certainly makes more sense to me having oncoming traffic on the right than on the left.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 08:38 PM   #36
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Research from 40 years ago? C'mon.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 09:17 PM   #37
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I don't think our eyes have evolved that much in 40 years ;-)
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Old September 10th, 2009, 09:22 PM   #38
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No, but research has.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 09:30 PM   #39
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Counting collisions and calculating collision rates is hardly rocket science, I doubt there has been much change since 1969. We're talking of pretty basic principles not fast moving science.

Having said that, I'd be interested to see any newer research.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 09:36 PM   #40
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Back in the 1960's, besides the developed countries like UK, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, other left-hand drive countries barely had vehicles on the road, thus the developed (=safer countries) had a high share in the overall traffic safety for left-hand drive countries.

Nowadays, India is starting to get mobilized, and so are regions of Africa and southeast Asia. These countries are particular unsafe with a high number of traffic fatalities, which contribute to less safe left-hand drive statistics...
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