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Old 01-23-2016, 02:10 PM   #11
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I didn't mind the stick shift on the left, but the narrow roads in Ireland were a challenge. An RV (known there as a Caravans) "pushed" me to the left and I creased the rental car on the rock wall! Lucky for me that my travel agent convinced me to take the insurance. My fear was that if I had to make an emergency maneuver, instinct would take over & I would go the wrong way.
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Old 01-23-2016, 03:58 PM   #12
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Back in the US. 10 1/2 hours sitting next to a Sihk gentleman who started his trip in Delhi and apparently never bathes - but that's a whole other story.

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I can only imagine how weird it would be. More the driving on the left, than driving a left handed vehicle.
That part's true.

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Hope you're not changing planes in DC.
Nope, it was Heathrow to Dallas. Fortunate.

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Robert you didn't say whether you had manual.
It was an automatic, although I had to pay a daily premium fee to get it. Figured I'd need to pay my undivided attention to the road and not add shifting to the mix.

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A few more days and it does actually start to feel normal.
I imagine that's true Ron.
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:46 PM   #13
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driving on the wrong side

My suggestions having driven in UK, Australia, NZ:
get an automatic
get lots of insurance
look the way you would not expect to going into roundabouts
be very careful to go in proper lane after turns
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:24 PM   #14
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We rented a car and drove our way around Scotland for a month in 2007. The only reservations I had was navigating around some of the most amazing roundabouts I've ever seen. For the locals, it is an easy established routine, but although I'm very comfortable with the one or two lane roundabouts we encounter in BC, those three or four lane ones in the big cities were terrifying! Consequently, I just stayed out of those big cities.
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:37 PM   #15
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Well, at least in Poland do they call 'em traffic circles? Hands down scariest behind the wheel drive time I ever had was on a roundabout in the UK.
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:07 PM   #16
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Drove an RV in Australia and starting out in Sydney traffic was quite the experience. It took about two days to really get comfortable with it. Loren
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Old 01-25-2016, 05:46 PM   #17
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... will rent for a month in France driving from Paris down to Perigueux and all around that area.

Just getting a small Fiat or something...Glad it will be Doug doing all the driving! I haven't driven a stick shift in years!! But it is on the proper side of the road isn't it??
Yes, continental Europe drives on the right-hand side of the road just like North America, so there will be no "wrong side" issues... just language issues with navigation (not with basic road signs, which are wordless symbols everywhere).

Everyone I personally known who has driven in continental Europe has had no difficulty... but they're all driving enthusiasts so they're not typical.
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:05 PM   #18
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Well, at least in Poland do they call 'em traffic circles? Hands down scariest behind the wheel drive time I ever had was on a roundabout in the UK.
Not likely. Aside from the issue of both "circle" and "roundabout" being English words (not Polish), I believe that "roundabout" is the nearly universal English word for this type of intersection. We generally call them "traffic circles" here, but official use is shifting to "roundabout"... here, and in Ontario, British Columbia, Washington, Texas (at least Fort Worth)...

If you really mean "traffic circle", you may be thinking of an intersection which does not work quite the same way. From Wikipedia:
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The U.S. Department of Transportation adopted the term modern roundabout to distinguish those that require entering drivers to give way to others. This article follows that convention and refers to other types as traffic circles or rotaries. Many old traffic circles remain in the northeastern US.

U.S. Department of Transportation (2013). "Roundabouts: an Informational Guide"
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