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    Default Anyone with a RHD vehicle?

    I'm going on a trip to UK coming up soon and thinking of renting a car for it. I drive stick all the time, but I'm wondering if anyone has a RHD stick shift vehicle they would be willing to let me try to see how weird it is to drive.
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    "borrow" a mail truck
    I hear the review mirror is the hardest part

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    Quote Originally Posted by onedomino View Post
    "borrow" a mail truck
    I don't want the kind of vacation that would produce... and I kind of have a feeling all the mail trucks are automatic anyway.
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    Drove RHDs in UK and Ireland. Autos both times so my wife could drive them and found it very easy to get the hang of driving from the other side of the vehice and road quite quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston90 View Post
    Drove RHDs in UK and Ireland. Autos both times so my wife could drive them and found it very easy to get the hang of driving from the other side of the vehice and road quite quickly.
    The most important thing you HAVE to remember; LOOK RIGHT!

    Our honeymoon in Bermuda almost started with a tragedy. First day, pulling out of the driveway at the resort (on a scooter) I looked to my left to check oncoming traffic as I've done every day of my driving life. I was just about to roll when I caught, in my peripheral vision, the bus coming on my right.

    It took a little while for my pulse rate to return to somewhat normal, but I learned my lesson.
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    Would first gear be to the right where reverse is? Also, what side is the clutch on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bono426 View Post
    Would first gear be to the right where reverse is? Also, what side is the clutch on?
    The clutch is still on the left hand side. You'll need to coordinate with your passenger. They do the clutch, you do gas and brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivoryring View Post
    I don't want the kind of vacation that would produce... and I kind of have a feeling all the mail trucks are automatic anyway.
    All the LLV'S (long life vehicles) are autos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotThePainter View Post
    The clutch is still on the left hand side. You'll need to coordinate with your passenger. They do the clutch, you do gas and brake.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NotThePainter View Post
    The clutch is still on the left hand side. You'll need to coordinate with your passenger. They do the clutch, you do gas and brake.
    if that's the case, driving solo must be a real pain in the ass!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueberryHill View Post
    The most important thing you HAVE to remember; LOOK RIGHT
    Wait, so you only look for traffic from one direction before pulling out?

    Is that what they're teaching in driving school these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by onedomino View Post
    Wait, so you only look for traffic from one direction before pulling out?

    Is that what they're teaching in driving school these days?

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    That's what you took from that post?

    Since we can only look in one direction at a time, we look in the direction of immediate concern first. That would be traffic approaching on the near side of the road that you're entering, from your left in the case of US roads. Oncoming traffic from the left is the primary concern, so we look that way FIRST, then we look to the right. That is reversed when the traffic pattern is the opposite of what we're used to.

    But you know that and were just kidding, right?
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    I'm going to be driving in Wales - so mostly rural as soon as we get out of Cardiff. I'm thinking the safer (because of fewer changes over what muscle memory is) option is to get an automatic (though that's definitely more expensive). Of course I could go the other direction entirely and rent a Defender pickup, but that would be more expensive and may not have very high Wife Approval Factor:

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    Quote Originally Posted by onedomino View Post
    Is that what they're teaching in driving school these days?
    I don't know for sure, but I think it's been a long time since Glenn was last in driving school...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivoryring View Post
    I don't know for sure, but I think it's been a long time since Glenn was last in driving school...
    Does the fact that my first car had a crank start give it away?
    Mary Anne: 1988 YJ, 258, Weber 32/36 DGEV, AX15/231, 4.11 HP-D30 & non c-clip D35 w/Truetrac, 33" KO2's, BDS 2" lift, a bunch of skid plates, Warn 9.5ti

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