Tips for driving on the left in countries like Ireland and the UK

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If you need to rent a car in Ireland, UK or other countries where they drive on the left are several things you might wonder: Should I rent a car with manual gearbox, or is it better to have an automatic? Will it cost me to get used to the sense of driving? Do roundabouts ‘work’ as well?

Tips for driving on the left in countries like Ireland and the UK

Photography by Joe Shlabotnik

Driving Tips:

If you have no idea of what a car with right hand drive, do not worry, the rest is the same. The pedals are still in the same order and layout of your regular car, so driving your feet will follow its natural course. Your right hand instead of reflexively hit the door if you remember that change is on the other hand, I buckled backwards and you get too close to the left side of the road. All this, just hop on the car. Still have to move.

If you drive now or have experience in driving a car with automatic transmission, no bones about it. Stay with one machine.

If you’ve ever driven one with a manual, note that changing gears with your left hand is not difficult. Maybe at first it cost a little change from one gear to another as the hand has well learned the route.

If instead you opt for a car with automatic transmission and you’ve never driven one have problems with your left foot because naturally seek the clutch and find a large brake. Surely this will not happen in circulation, but in parking maneuvers that are more instinctive … and note that we step on the clutch as usual “in depth” (do not want to know what happens if you do it with the brake).

Although I have heard from many people who should always rent an automatic, my personal choice after doing some thousands of miles with both the manual, if you use it regularly. The reason is that, even when everything changed, respect your natural leadership.


In some countries the speed limit is marked in miles. If you’re in your car, take it into account. In some remote places in Ireland you will find signs in miles instead of km / h have not yet been replaced.

Enter the roundabout in heavy traffic is especially dangerous, look well to your right always, and remember to rotate clockwise (opposite to ours). Also put special attention when you join a road at right angles, do not take the hill looking to the left, if not right! Can take you easily ahead if you’re not careful.

The right lane on the highway is reserved for those in a hurry and most highway exits are on the left, which is the slow lane. And finally, try to avoid the first day on the road very narrow, because you dangerously close to the border inadvertently.

Some of the countries that drive on the left: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bangladesh, Bahamas, Bermuda, Bhutan, Brunei, Cyprus, Dominica, East Timor, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Macao, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe and a long list of islands …

Or is it still thought it was only a matter of United Kingdom, Ireland and about four more?

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