Switching from driving a right-hand drive car to a left-hand drive car (or vice versa) can be a challenging transition, especially if you’re not used to it. Here are some tips to help you adapt to the change:
Familiarize Yourself with the Vehicle:
Take some time to sit in the driver’s seat and get comfortable with the controls, including the pedals, steering wheel, and gear shift (if applicable).
Adjust Your Seating Position:
Ensure that your seat is positioned correctly for your height and reach. You should be able to comfortably reach the pedals, steering wheel, and all the controls.
Practice in a Safe Area:
Before hitting the road, practice driving in a safe, empty parking lot or quiet side streets. Get a feel for how the car handles and practice turning, braking, and parking.
Pay Attention to Lane Placement:
In left-hand drive (LHD) vehicles, you will be closer to the centerline of the road. Pay attention to your lane placement and stay centered within your lane.
Adjust Your Mirrors:
Properly adjust your side mirrors and rearview mirror to give you the best possible visibility. You may need to adapt to the different mirror positions.
Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions. Changing sides can be disorienting, so it’s essential to pay extra attention while driving.
Mind Your Blind Spots:
Be aware of blind spots on the new side of the car, especially when changing lanes or making turns. Turn your head to check these areas before changing lanes.
Use Your Turn Signals:
Signal your intentions clearly using your turn signals to inform other drivers of your moves.
Take It Slow:
Initially, drive at a slower pace until you become fully comfortable with the new setup. Avoid high-speed or complex traffic situations until you’re confident.
Parking can be particularly challenging when switching sides. Practice parking in different situations to build confidence.