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Post by racer12306 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:32 pm

I'm curious,

As a general rule are cars in the UK RHD?
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Post by nerox » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:10 pm

yes!

the only ones that arent are foreign drivers (visiting from the rest of europe) or imports but these are very rare.
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Post by Jenni » Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:38 pm

hahahahaha. crazy question.
they drive on the OTHER SIDE of the road as we do - and so it is very clever to let the driver also sit on the other side.

Of course you can use a LHD car there like you can drive RHD - but you can imagine how scaring that feels!

And here is a little excurs in history for you:

Many many many years ago all people drove with their oxcarts on the left side. Had something to do with self-defense. Right handed people take their sword with the right hand - and so it is clever to let oncoming carriages pass on the right side.
And Napoleon (i think he was) had the great idea to let his war carriages drive on the other side to confuse the british soldiers. And somehow more and more the people in continental Europe decided to drive on the right side.
And so we do in the most countries that were not under british authority.
Just ask Australian people - they also drive on the "wrong" side...

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Post by nerox » Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:43 pm

Also the southern countries of Africa, India and Japan drive on the other (correct) side

According to the Internet America started out as RHD then changed soon after... Irrelevant

What was the purpose of your initial question?
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Post by racer12306 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:27 pm

It's mainly information for myself.

Are the pedals the same as the states?

Clutch - Brake - Gas
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Post by occasional demons » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:04 am

Nope, it's all down hill there, only a brake pedal is needed.

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Post by nerox » Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:06 am

Haha!

Yes the pedals are the same and in the same order Clutch-Brake-Throttle.

Most cars here are manual transmission and about half of the cars are diesel fuelled (the same as the rest of Europe)

Our speed limits and distance signs are also in miles (rest of Europe is km)
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Post by Alex Kurdian » Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:07 am

Yeah so Why The F**K dont we all just universally drive on the same side...it would be a hell of a lot easier to manufacture and do imports and exports of cars and parts.... :tardbang:
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:22 am

^^Yes, as much as I would love to drive my SRT in AU or the UK, I doubt that I could handle not driving on the side of the road that I am used to. And my car being LHD would make it even worse!
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Post by Marcel » Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:26 am

why not design all cars like the McLaren F1? not RHD or LHD: center drive b#&%^! :mrgreen:
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Post by racer12306 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:46 pm

Sounds like it would be quite an interesting drive for an American.
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Post by nerox » Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:08 pm

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Post by Skitlz » Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:43 pm

racer12306 wrote:It's mainly information for myself.

Are the pedals the same as the states?

Clutch - Brake - Gas
I have always wondered the same thing. Interesting to know the answer.
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Post by FormerlyREDRT_98 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:54 pm

Skitlz wrote:
racer12306 wrote:It's mainly information for myself.

Are the pedals the same as the states?

Clutch - Brake - Gas
I have always wondered the same thing. Interesting to know the answer.
i used to too, until I asked on another forum a few years ago. I'm so used to left foot clutch right hand shift, that it would feel really awkward using clutch and shifting both with left
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Post by nerox » Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:23 am

shifting with left hand seems normal for me, shifting with your right hand doesnt feel natrual to me though ... i guess its just what you get used to
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Post by racer12306 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:20 pm

Now for the real reason...


Most of you know I don't like sharing my travels while I'm away from home, unless I'm good friends with someone in the area and then I try to meet up.

I spent last week in England. Very interesting.

Got to drive 100miles in a Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 between Manchester, Liverpool, Skelmersdale and back to Manchester. Driving the car came very easy. As I suspected the hard part about driving was in quick decision type situations. I think I did pretty well with it, even though the weather in Liverpool wasn't the best when I was driving through. Only made 1 wrong turn.

I must say, I do like that little car. Not a lot of power (85hp from what I've read) but it's light (~2400lbs). I found myself accidentally doing 80mph a few times on the Motorway between Manchester and Liverpool. I was impressed that it was a small car and I fit into it.

I certainly do not envy your petrol prices. I saw between 1.30 and 1.39GBP ($1.98-2.12) per liter, ($7.49-8.02 per US Gallon). Diesel seems to be 10p ($0.15) per litre more, ($0.57 per US gallon more).
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Post by nerox » Fri May 03, 2013 3:05 pm

I hope you enjoyed your visit !
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:47 am

Dave H wrote:The economy in Denver is for sure tough.. All the BMW drivers here got their cars without the turn signal option or the speedometer option. But the middle finger,horn and ability to park in handicap spaces illegally must come standard. The bloated ego is mandatory prior to purchasing a BMW.
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Post by Gnuserup » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:57 am

just for your interest - some things on the RHD cars are placed mirror inverted, e.g. the wipers, the ac-knobs, atx shifter scale(sure), cruisecontrolpump, location of the antenna
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Post by jonnymopar » Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:34 am

Really the antenna? That's not even standardized across all cars in America! (My Neon's antenna is on the opposite side of my mother's Stratus for example - both Dodge and only one year apart). Looking at my HVAC panel, it is indeed symmetrical excluding the decal, so I can see how reversing the HVAC controls would be easy to do.

I'm jealous Frank. England is at the top of my list for other countries to visit. My company has an office in Harlow, and I regularly deal with several other test labs and customers over there. I'm in debt at least 4 beers to various people that have done me favo(u)rs, I just have to go actually meet them!

I'd love to see Germany too, but what little German I know I learned from emails to our Stuttgart and Dresden offices. I only know how to talk about electronics and beer.
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Post by Jenni » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:28 pm

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Post by nerox » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:40 pm

I always found it ok everywhere in the world I have been (including Germany) that most people speak good English or there is a confident translator around :)

Although it would be nice to make the effort to learn some :thumbup:
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:38 pm

jonnymopar wrote:...what little German I know... I only know how to talk about electronics and beer.
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