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South Africa Auto Travel

Old Aug 10th 2007, 6:21 pm
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rwclark2007
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Hi All,

I understand about the British legacy of right side driver controls,
at least as far as the steering wheel goes. For a standard
transmission, how are the gear patterns set? How are the foot pedals
set?
 
Old Aug 11th 2007, 11:37 am
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Marc Lurie
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The driver sits on the right of the car. The pedals are the same as in
an American car (from left to right: Clutch,brake, accelerator) so
there's no difference.

The gear lever (do you call them floor-shifts?) is to the left of the
driver and the pattern is the same as an American car. (1st gear is
left and up, 2nd is below that, 3rd is in the middle and up, 4th is
below that. 5th is to the right and up. Reverse is usually either to
the far right and down, or to the extreme left (past 1st) and up.

Automatic cars are exactly the same as American cars

The only difference is the driving position. Oh, and the side of the
road that you should use, of course :-)

BTW, the turn signal lever and the horn, windscreen washer controls
etc. are exactly the same as the left-hand-drive vesrion of whatever
car you are driving.

You'll get used to driving on the correct side of the road quite
quickly.

Regards,
Marc

On Fri, 10 Aug 2007 18:21:21 -0000, [email protected] wrote:

>Hi All,
>
>I understand about the British legacy of right side driver controls,
>at least as far as the steering wheel goes. For a standard
>transmission, how are the gear patterns set? How are the foot pedals
>set?
 
Old Aug 11th 2007, 6:11 pm
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rwclark2007
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> You'll get used to driving on the correct side of the road quite
> quickly.

Thanx Marc,

I was worried about coordination melt-down.

"Correct side" hmmm? :-)

Regards,
Richard
 
Old Aug 12th 2007, 10:16 am
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Wildpicture
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[email protected] schreef:
>> You'll get used to driving on the correct side of the road quite
>> quickly.
> "Correct side" hmmm? :-)

They still haven't figured out that the opposite of driving on right
side is driving on the wrong side. :-)

Regards,
Hans
 
Old Aug 12th 2007, 2:15 pm
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<[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected] ups.com...
> Hi All,
>
> I understand about the British legacy of right side driver controls,
> at least as far as the steering wheel goes. For a standard
> transmission, how are the gear patterns set? How are the foot pedals
> set?

Gear and footpedals are similair as those in Europe (excluding the UK).

Corn´┐Ż.
 
Old Aug 14th 2007, 12:21 pm
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Marc Lurie
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Indeed, the left IS the right side of the road. :-)

Here's a link to the reasons why:

http://users.pandora.be/worldstandar...ft.htm#history

Interestingly, in aircraft the pilot sits on the left, and this is due
to the fact that the airplane developed in the USA and Europe far
faster than in the UK.

Cheers,
Marc


On Sat, 11 Aug 2007 11:11:27 -0700, [email protected] wrote:

>> You'll get used to driving on the correct side of the road quite
>> quickly.
>
>Thanx Marc,
>
>I was worried about coordination melt-down.
>
>"Correct side" hmmm? :-)
>
>Regards,
>Richard
 
Old Aug 19th 2007, 7:14 pm
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Sandy58
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On Aug 14, 1:21 pm, Marc Lurie <[email protected]>
wrote:
> Indeed, the left IS the right side of the road. :-)
>
> Here's a link to the reasons why:
>
> http://users.pandora.be/worldstandar...he%20left.htm#...
>
> Interestingly, in aircraft the pilot sits on the left, and this is due
> to the fact that the airplane developed in the USA and Europe far
> faster than in the UK.
>
> Cheers,
> Marc
>
> On Sat, 11 Aug 2007 11:11:27 -0700, [email protected] wrote:
> >> You'll get used to driving on the correct side of the road quite
> >> quickly.
>
> >Thanx Marc,
>
> >I was worried about coordination melt-down.
>
> >"Correct side" hmmm? :-)
>
> >Regards,
> >Richard

Hey, thanks Marc. Interesting. :-)
 

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