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#102713 Jul 10, 2013

I live in the USA and haven't traveled. Car here have the driver on the left of the car. The clutch is next to the left door then the brake is in the middle of the pedals with the gas pedal nearest the middle of the car.

The shifter is either on the right side of the steering wheel or on space to the right of the driver ( between driver and passenger )

So for those who have traveled or live where the driver sits on the right side how are the pedals arranged etc.

Thank you .... I've wondered about this since I was 16-18 but never had a person to ask face to face.

So since this is a world wide list and so willing to share I thought I'd chance asking here


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#102715 Jul 10, 2013

When driving in Ireland a couple of years ago, the hardest thing for me

to remember was which side of the car MY driver's door was on! Imagine

sitting in what would be our passenger seat in the US. Your gear shift

is to your left, you open the door with your right. Fortunately the

pedal configuration is exactly the same. When entering a roundabout or

at a stop sign you look to your right first and you always remember to

keep left!


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#102718 Jul 10, 2013

I was watching an episode of Top Gear on BBC America the other day and one of the celebrity drivers was talking about how the pedal between the clutch and the accelerator was the "foot rest". It was pretty hilarious!


#102721 Jul 10, 2013

I'd kill myself and others if I tried to drive in the UK. I don't think I'm smart or coordinated enough!


#102734 Jul 10, 2013

In the UK the clutch is still on the left, brake in the middle and accelerator on the right. Most cars are not automatic. You change gears with left hand because you are sitting on the right. 1st gear is top left, 2nd gear bottom left, 3rd and 4th gears in the middle and 5th top right. We have a 6th gear on one car and it is bottom right. Position for reverse varies between manufacturers.

It is not difficult to adjust to driving on the other side of the road if you are driving the correct drive car for that country. I lived in Texas for several years and it was easy to switch to driving on the wrong side of the road because the driver is positioned to the middle of the road, whichever country you are in, so you do not feel particularly strange. However, it does become more difficult to drive in another country if you have a car that is the wrong orientation. If we go over to Europe in our British car, I find it more difficult than when I was driving a US car in Texas because my orientation to the centre of the road is wrong.

Pamela in England

> I live in the USA and haven't traveled. Car here have the driver on the left of the car


#102735 Jul 10, 2013

This is why my DH drives when we go to Ireland! On our first trip I made it part way around the almost empty hotel parking lot before announcing that he could do the driving. I drive a stick shift at home but there was no way I could shift with my left hand.



#102747 Jul 11, 2013

Pamela, we lived in England for three years and I drove a standard, right hand drive car. Here in the states I insist on an automatic. Every time we buy a car my husband brings up that I drove a standard back then. I never had problems driving on the left or changing back to the right but I do remember the first left hand turn I made after returning felt very strange.

Mary in Colleyville, Texas

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