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Old 02-13-2019, 05:51 PM   #80711
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Bob was in Italy, and their roads are pretty much narrow 1 lane in towns... how folks get past each other is miraculous!
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:28 PM   #80712
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Ha! Try Japan. Small cars, smaller streets.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:30 PM   #80713
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I don't think you get Martins' perspective - in England, the *passenger* is the one exposed the most to oncoming traffic. Here in the US, it's the *driver* that is most exposed!
Not according to Earlene when I drive!
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:50 PM   #80714
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Okinawa Japan switched from right hand drive to left hand drive on July 30, 1978. All traffic except essential and emergency vehicles was stopped at 10 p.m. on the 29th and the roads were opened at 6 a.m. on July 30, 1978. All traffic signs were changed also during that time. Many had been installed prior and covered. They imported police from other parts of Japan to augment the Okinawa police. It was stated to me that they had police at every intersection directing traffic. There were still accidents.

When we got there we had to learn how to drive on the left. I didn't have a problem except when leaving the darn parking lots. For some reason I always want to drive on the right when leaving large parking lots. Took a few months to get over that. (If I ever did) Transitioning back to RHD when we returned to the U.S. was easy.
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You mean narrow like this?Attachment 234980
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Just read this week that the odds of dying in a auto accident, in you lifetime in the USA is one out of a hundred. Not in a year. But with all the texting and other distracted driving going on here it may get that bad!
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Old 02-14-2019, 04:16 AM   #80717
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I was told:

" This week, in England: All cars will start driving on the right side . . . .

Next week, if that works OK, the Lorries (Trucks) will switch over to the right side too! "
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You mean narrow like this?Attachment 234980


That looks like Whitstable....
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That looks like Whitstable....
'Tis indeed
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I was told:

" This week, in England: All cars will start driving on the right side . . . .

Next week, if that works OK, the Lorries (Trucks) will switch over to the right side too! "

Richard, I don't care what the others think, I laughed at that one. Maybe they didn't get it and you should explain it to them.
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I was told:

" This week, in England: All cars will start driving on the right side . . . .

Next week, if that works OK, the Lorries (Trucks) will switch over to the right side too! "
Correct quote but wrong city/country. It was supposedly claimed by the one time mayor of Victoria BC.
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Richard, I don't care what the others think, I laughed at that one. Maybe they didn't get it and you should explain it to them.
That's the least of trucker's worries. My DD who lives in Kent, the SE county through which trucks go to reach the channel ports, tells me of the total road chaos that will ensue if the UK drops out from the EU without a 'deal'. Customs inspections will be set up at the ports, where none exist at the moment, causing tremendous tailbacks of the truck traffic. The g'ment has plans to turn the M20 and M26 motorways (Interstates) into holding areas, together with the airfield at RAF Manston, leaving only the M2 open for non-port traffic. People who normally use the M20/26 for commuting will have to find other routes on local roads and the fear is that Kent will become totally grid-locked. Schools are likely to be closed and there is likely to be panic buying and hoarding of food supplies.
All this proverbial shooting in the foot starts happening on March 29. You think we have problems? - this one is real!
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Old 02-14-2019, 04:15 PM   #80724
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Richard, I don't care what the others think, I laughed at that one. Maybe they didn't get it and you should explain it to them.

Ever since that English Gentleman told me that (on a flight to London), I have been trying to figure it out myself...

I hoped the intelligent Mutant crowd could explain it..
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