One of the most common concerns amongst British drivers heading across the Channel for the first time is how well they will cope with driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.
It’s a valid concern and a problem that has caused many accidents over the years – plus many more lucky escapes. Ask anyone who has done some miles on both sides of the Channel and they will probably admit that at some point they have momentarily driven on the wrong side of the road or at least come close to doing so.
Needless to say, the potential for serious, head-on collisions is very real when this happens.
The good news is that it isn’t as hard as you think to reverse your driving habits – but you must concentrate and do it deliberately – you can’t drive on autopilot and rely on your instinctive behaviour.
This guide on the Avis Car Hire blog provides some really excellent advice on this subject and should be essential reading for anyone planning their first driving trip abroad. (click here to read the full post)
Interestingly, I have heard that car hire in Australia and New Zealand is quite expensive due to this problem. Many of the people who visit Australia and New Zealand are from countries where they drive on the right (e.g. USA, Canada and continental Europe). Apparently, ‘wrong side of the road’ accidents are relatively common with car rental company customers in these countries.