70% of the world drives on the right side of the road, which means if you are going on a driving holiday, there is a very high chance that you will have to adjust to a left-hand drive.
There are many things to take into consideration before taking your car on unfamiliar terrain, and for those who have had no experience driving on the right-side, this may be a stressful experience. Getting in some driving knowledge prior to hitting the road may prove to be exceptionally useful should you find yourself in this situation.
Here are some tips to get you started on how to drive on the right side for a stress-free and safe holiday.
Keep to the right
This might seem obvious, but it is easy to revert back to old habits when stressed out on the road trying to figure out how to get to a destination in a new country. Gently continue to remind yourself to keep to the right, and if you are travelling with a passenger ask them to keep an eye on your road positioning. When driving on the right for the first time, focus on road handling first. Even if you make a wrong turn, there will always be another route to get you back on track!
Read up on road laws and practices
Just like how you would look up places to eat and sights to see in any country you’re visiting, it’s just as important to read up on road and driving laws. Comparing the differences between Singapore and other countries’ road laws will help reduce any assumptions when you’re faced with snap decisions.
Just like road laws, each country has a different minimum speed limit. However, don’t be afraid to go a little slower if you’re feeling unsure. This will give you more time to react to potential dangers and also see what other drivers are doing.
Just like how driving on the right hand side is the direct opposite of a driving on the left, the same goes for roundabouts. Traffic roundabouts flow counterclockwise, and you need to give way to traffic coming from the left. Similarly, on T-junctions, cars must give way to traffic coming from the left.
This is a safe driving 101, but pedestrians can pop up anywhere and you should always be on the lookout for them. This is especially so for countries where pedestrians cross from the other side, so make sure you’re looking out for them in the right direction.
It’s easy to become complacent behind the wheel in Singapore, given our well-maintained roads and relative short drives. However, equipping yourself with enough knowledge to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road will help ensure a stress-free ordeal.
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