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Day 157: Driving on the Right Side of the Road

Day 157:  Driving in America

Day 157: Driving in America

I remember the first time I drove in Australia. Even though I feel like driving is much like riding a bike (you never forget), there were those few awkward moments where I had to question which lane to be in as I fumbled on the windshield wipers instead of the turn signal. After a few miles down the road, it was like nothing had changed — except for when I encountered one of those silly roundabouts.

Well, it’s been 3 years since I’ve driven on the right (hand) side of the road, so my mom in particular was really nervous about me taking out the car. I mean, seriously, like I forgot how to drive!

I will admit I was a little on edge while going around the block, and I did end up hitting the windshield wipers instead of the turn signal. Still, driving was driving and after a few minutes, it was almost as if I never left.

I’m back in a driving culture — the type of place where everyone has a car and where taking public transportation takes you 3 times as long. It’s also the kind of place where people want what they want within 10 minutes of where they live. I laugh when someone here complains about having to drive 20 minutes to get to work. Pat and I have to take a 45 minute train to get into the city in Sydney, and that’s not even a big deal.

Did I mention that the cars here are really big? Hehe.


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8 Responses to Day 157: Driving on the Right Side of the Road

  1. Chris June 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    Those damn swapped windscreen and indicator stalks. I did it for days when I drove here in the UK and then when I went home last year for my brothers wedding I did it in OZ.

  2. Hannah DeMilta June 12, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    Gosh I miss driving sometimes. Although I have no desire to drive or own a car in Sydney. I definitely come from a place where we drive instead of walk 5 mins down the road. I remember growing up when my street didn’t even have a sidewalk and the city finally added one. How’s that for discouraging walking places?

  3. Bluegreen Kirk June 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    Yeah Its amazing how people think you just simply would forget how to drive simply because you either have driven on a different side of the road or haven’t driven in a couple of months or years. i don’t think I would ever miss driving. Never really cared to drive anyways a longs as I got were I needed to be.

  4. Heather June 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    It’s amazing that just a few months of driving in Oz could confuse me so much when I got home — I had the same pesky problems with the turn signal and windshield wipers. Thankfully it’s been at least a week since I switched them up O:-) For the first few days, I sometimes had to make myself think at stop signs about which lane to go in…ridiculous!

  5. Erica June 14, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    The cars at home ARE huge! Even being in Mexico where everyone drives Beetles and small sedans, I realize how different things are… especially in Texas where everyone drives giant trucks!

  6. Tony June 14, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    I recently took a few refresher driving lessons, albeit on the left side of the road, and also used the windscreen wipers a number of times to indicate. Turns out Asian and European car manufacturers fit indicators on different sides of the car. Yes, I need to drive more Asian cars..

  7. Annie June 17, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    I have yet to drive after a year in Italy. Even though all the car parts are on the same side and they drive on the same side of the road I’m just nervous about getting back behind the wheel!

    I hope that it is like you said, just like riding a bike because I know I can still do that!


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