George V. Reilly

Driving on the Other Side of the Road

Driving on the Right

I initially learned to drive on the left in Ireland, but have spent the last 20 years driving on the right in the States. I personally never had any difficulty switching from one side to the oth­er—ex­cept when extremely jet­lagged—but I know several people who find it enormously stressful. I find it easy enough to orient myself so that the lane divider is at the correct position.

When I was a kid, my father often brought his Irish car over to mainland Europe on the car ferries. A right-hand drive car driving on the right is doubly tricky. It didn’t seem to bother him too much, but I don’t think my mother ever tried it. I’ve never had the op­por­tu­ni­ty to try it myself.

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