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  • Since I last commented on this, I took a trip to Australia (I'm from the U.S.) and got my first experience in a rented right-hand-drive car. I discovered that I was far more disoriented by having the turn signal and windshield wiper levers transposed from their positions in my own car than I was by remembering to drive on the left. The first fifteen minutes after leaving the Sydney airport, coping with downtown Sydney traffic, an unfamiliar car, driving on the left, and accidentally turning on the wipers and not being able to turn them off, left me quite frazzled. However, I did eventually master all of the above and learned how to operate the turn signal with my right hand in the same way that I do at home - thumb hooked around the wheel, fingers extended.

    It's probably worth noting that your turn signal habits must be dependent to some extent on the size of your hands and the distance of the stalk from the steering wheel. If there's more distance, and your hands are small, you'll have no choice but to let go the wheel and use your whole hand to grasp the stalk. Strength of your fingers and resistance of the stalk could also play a role. That might help explain the differences James observed.

    4 months ago
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  • Hand on steering wheel and one or two fingers... other hand free to use one or two fingers for communications with blind fitters... it's probably why their driving is like your average twoker!!!

    7 months ago
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