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Old September 10th, 2009, 10:08 PM   #41
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You could equally say the same thing about right-hand drive countries too. In the 1960s they would have been dominated by the USA, Western Europe etc and China, right-hand drive Africa, South America etc would have had few motor vehicles.

Unfortunately I don't have any more information about this research, but it would have been a poor piece of research if it didn't control for that sort of thing. There is also the suggestion that the long term accident rate of Sweden increased by more than could be expected simply because of busier roads since they changed over in the 1960s.


Can't find much more about the issue though, it doesn't seem to be researched much, probably because switching over is rare and done for economic and convenience reasons rather than safety.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 11:56 PM   #42
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I tend to watch my mirrors and the oncoming traffic with both of my eyes. Unfortunately, I have not yet managed to develop an ability to look into separate directions with each eye, which, according to that research, seems to be quite a common ability!
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Old September 11th, 2009, 12:22 AM   #43
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I wonder what that means for the drive thru restaurants.
Thats going to be veeery difficult. In the US, most fast food places have their drive-thrus designed so traffic moves counterclockwise around the building, but with this one, its easily possible that drivers of vehicles designed for LHD traffic will either have to lean waaaaay over to get their food and pay for it, or they'll have to have a passenger for that. Also, if drive-thrus also switch driving directions to clockwise, then drivers of RHD vehicles will have the same problem.

(My definition of LHD/RHD is the side of the road people drive on, not the side of the vehicle that the wheel/pedals is on)
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What you mean by left hand drive is left hand traffic. To avoid unnecessary confusion, it would be best to stick to the established terminology:
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Universally (following a treaty; see below) each country specifies a uniform road traffic flow: left-hand traffic (LHT) in which traffic keeps to the left side of the road, or right-hand traffic (RHT) in which traffic keeps to the right.

Vehicles are manufactured in left-hand drive (LHD) and right-hand drive (RHD) configurations, referring to the placement of the driving seat and controls within the vehicle. (...) Terminological confusion can arise from the misuse of "left-hand drive" or "right-hand drive" to indicate the side of the road along which vehicles are driven.
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Old September 11th, 2009, 01:09 AM   #45
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Thats going to be veeery difficult. In the US, most fast food places have their drive-thrus designed so traffic moves counterclockwise around the building
Traffic can move clockwise or counterclockwise; I'd actually expect more clockwise directions. If the drive-through is 'inside' the 'clock' (i.e. the road leading to it), it's counterclockwise, if it's 'outside' of it, it's clockwise.
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Old September 12th, 2009, 10:35 AM   #46
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I wonder what that means for the drive thru restaurants.
It's really no big deal. You just lean over. I've done it a couple of times. Just stop as close to the window as possible. Btw same thing with toll boths.
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Old September 15th, 2009, 01:23 AM   #48
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Traffic can move clockwise or counterclockwise; I'd actually expect more clockwise directions. If the drive-through is 'inside' the 'clock' (i.e. the road leading to it), it's counterclockwise, if it's 'outside' of it, it's clockwise.
It's nearly always inside the "clock" around here.
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Which is weird, because it means your roads are usually "wrapping around" your drive-thrus.
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