Driving in Europe

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A recent survey showed that over 27% of motorists are afraid of taking their cars abroad – as they are afraid of driving on the right-hand side of the road.

With two thirds of countries driving on the right, this can be a real challenge for us left-hand driving drivers in England.

Countries  that also drive on the left include… 

Australia

Malta

Ireland

Hong Kong

any of the ideas of driving on the left do not apply when driving on the right – including driving clockwise around roundabouts.  When driving on the right, you drive anti-clockwise.

Right-hand traffic

  • All traffic is generally required to keep right unless overtaking.
  • Oncoming traffic is seen coming from the left.
  • Left-turning traffic must cross oncoming traffic.
  • Most traffic signs facing motorists are on the right side of the road.
  • Traffic on roundabouts (traffic circles or rotaries) goes counterclockwise.
  • Pedestrians crossing a two-way road look first for traffic from their left.
  • The lane designated for normal driving and turning right is on the right.
  • Most dual carriageway (divided highway) exits are on the right
  • Other vehicles are generally overtaken (passed) on the left, though in some circumstances overtaking on the right is permitted.
  • Most vehicles have the driving seat on the left.

Left-hand traffic 

  • All traffic is generally required to keep left unless overtaking.
  • Oncoming traffic is seen coming from the right.
  • Right-turning traffic must cross oncoming traffic.
  • Most traffic signs  facing motorists are on the left side of the road.
  • Traffic on roundabouts (traffic circles or rotaries) goes clockwise.
  • Pedestrians crossing a two-way road look first for traffic from their right.
  • The lane designated for normal driving and turning left is on the left.
  • Most dual carriageways (divided highway) exits are on the left.
  • Other vehicles are overtaken (passed) on the right, though in some circumstances overtaking on the left is permitted.
  • Most vehicles have the driving seat on the right.
  • A left turn at a red light may be allowed after stopping

What do you find difficult?   We experience in teaching a number of students who have learnt to drive on the other side of the road and now wish to learn to drive here in England.  We’d love to hear from you.

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