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Old December 9th, 2012, 05:53 PM
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What are the Negatives of a Right side driver?

Most likely going to buy a right side driver. I've driven them plenty overseas but curious to get any feedback on owning a right side daily driver (don't drive much actually)

Any feedback appreciated even stuff like "getting hassled by the man constantly" or you can't pick your nose and shift at the same time - or possibly more significantly important bits of info.

Thanks in advance. About to spend some serious $$ and just want as much info as possible.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 05:58 PM
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Really hard through the drive through
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Old December 9th, 2012, 06:15 PM
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Old December 9th, 2012, 06:17 PM
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Really hard through the drive through
I can see that would be an issue but look on the bright side, your passenger gets to hold the tray and act as waiter/waitress for you.

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City parking garages and tollbooths.
Passenger gets to pay. There's a pattern emerging here.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 06:19 PM
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Most likely going to buy a right side driver. I've driven them plenty overseas but curious to get any feedback on owning a right side daily driver (don't drive much actually)

Any feedback appreciated even stuff like "getting hassled by the man constantly" or you can't pick your nose and shift at the same time - or possibly more significantly important bits of info.

Thanks in advance. About to spend some serious $$ and just want as much info as possible.
Overtaking is more challenging when you are sat on the 'wrong side' you have to plan further in advance and sit further back from the vehicle you plan to overtake. Not much of a practical issue in a defender.

Sit a dog in the passenger seat with a toy wheel to confuse other road users .. And on the plus side you'll be sat right next to the hot chick at the lights ...
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Old December 9th, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Just gone through this with the 110. It took all of 20 minutes driving around local roads and a few highways to get used to it. After a few 100 miles, here are some of the things I noticed so far...
  • You'll tend to take extra-wide right turns initially
  • Being used to having all that space on your right arm with the LHDs, it's a bit of an adjustment with your right arm pinned against the door
  • Switching back to LHD for the first time is an even bigger adjustment... LOL
  • Getting all kinds of stares from other people takes getting used to
  • Shifting with your left hand with the "correct" H pattern is strange but not too bad
  • Passing can be a challenge but not a problem with a diesel 110, you simply do not pass anyone in the highway moving at highway speeds!

Like what people said in other posts, don't let the RHD be a deal breaker if you find one in good shape and great price! I think it just ads to the "character"... LOL Good luck!
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Old December 9th, 2012, 06:37 PM
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RHD isn't that big a transition. Takes about 15-20 minutes to get used to it. Given that mine is a 200 TDi, overtaking anything is not a consideration unless I am going down a large hill. All in all, just takes a bit of getting used to.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 06:38 PM
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The only real challenge is when passing on a 2 lane road. you have to look around the guy in front of you off to the right before going left into the oncoming lane.

If its got a diesel, you can disregard this, you wont be passing anyone.

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I work at different locations and all of the security equipment is setup on the lh side.

Call boxes
Security booths
Card readers
Bio scans
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Old December 9th, 2012, 06:49 PM
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Just trying to play off those times you accidentally walk to the left side of the truck and open the door. Otherwise I love RHD.
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Oh that reminds me....Checkers has a rhd friendly drive through.
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Just trying to play off those times you accidentally walk to the left side of the truck and open the door. Otherwise I love RHD.
I still do that every once in a while. Mostly when overtired or hungover. Sometimes after occasionally driving the other car. I'm embarrassed every time. Even if there's no one looking!
What's worse is when I go to get in the passenger seat of the other car expecting to see a steering wheel.

Otherwise, RHD is no big deal at all to get used to, although I do have to say it is not natural to look over your left shoulder when merging onto a highway. That is still a bit awkward. Shifting with left hand is also easy to get comfortable with as well.

One more interesting phenominum is if you've ever sat as a passenger in a RHD truck while on the road, it is freaky sitting in that seat seeing oncoming traffic and NOT having any controls.

All that said, I would pay the premium for a LHD simply for the convenience factor. If you're using it as a daily driver like me, it's something to consider. I think the more apt you are to drive in an urban city, the more important it would be (more drive-throughs, more parking lot kiosks, etc.)
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Old December 10th, 2012, 08:46 AM
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My wife did not care for the time we got stuck in a thunderstorm on the Mass. pike with no top on the truck. I think what bothered her most was when the tractor trailers passed right next to her as the passenger, and the wheel spray got her pretty soaked. She did get some looks every time she attempted to hold up a towel to protect herself. It was quite amusing.
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Old December 10th, 2012, 08:58 AM
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Oh that reminds me....Checkers has a rhd friendly drive through.
But the speaker is still on the left side. For drive-thrus I either go backwards or go inside. Besides the toll booth/ATM/drive-thru inconvenience there's really no difference IMO. As others have said, you'll adjust to it pretty quickly. I always get lots of looks and questions from valet's
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Driven RHD in LHD countries and LHD in RHD counties.
It's no big deal as long as you take your time to adjust.

Roundabouts though DO take some getting used to. Tendency regardless of where the wheel is located is to follow you natural instincts.
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Cops pulling you over occasionally to see what to hell is going on. It's happened a few times so far. Just lately since I only have a RH seat in the truck so the cop was very confused when he passed me at 60. We had a nice chat about UK imports and how he could have one too. He said he could have one if he wanted a divorce.
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Old December 10th, 2012, 01:05 PM
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RHD has more leg room and the truck is built as it was designed. LHD Defenders and Series LR's are always a bit of a compromise.
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