Which Side Is Right?

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Since this audience is mixed from one side of the pond to the other, something has always been on my mind.

Which side of the road is correct for driving? Is it driving on the right or the left? Does it really matter? Personally, when I was in London, it drove me nuts! I couldn't figure out which way to look. But of course, if you come to the States, you'll experience the same thing.

However...HOWEVER...it's a known fact that people who come from England have a much easier time adjusting to the States then visa-versa.


-- Anonymous, April 18, 2000


The answer to this question is obviously the MIDDLE of the road, The British army regularly do this when they take their hardware out for an airing. Failing this the left hand side is the preferred option as it makes driving through McDonalds easier. And another thing, I hate people who aren't ready to go when the lights change. Your sitting there when the lights change to green and shoulders of the guy in front seem to rise and lean to the left. What is he doing ? I'll tell you. He's engaging first gear and taking his handbreak off !!!! This costs valuable seconds and generally results in my failure to get through on that sequence. Why wasn't he ready, in gear with the clutch balanced nicely ? Answer - because he's a selfish burke thats why. I feel better now.

-- Anonymous, April 19, 2000


Thanks for the tips on watching the OTHER traffic lights this could be crucial. As a veteran commuter I know the value of shaving the odd half second off ones journey time. Why 10 half seconds means me arriving home FIVE seconds early. To be greeted by the present Mrs Johnson ( Dry martini in hand) exclaiming " Your early tonight ( tonite) dear. " Yes, but I had to cream a Merc to do it "

Got any more useful tips ?

-- Anonymous, April 26, 2000

And another thing. Hate people who hog the middle lane. For our American cousins in England it is illegal to overtake on the 'inside' and there are a minimum of three lanes on the Motorway. Furthermore trucks are banned from the 'outside' lane. Imagine you are proceed in the inside lane at 70MPH (the legal limit) then you wish to overtake slower traffic but can you ? No, because some selfish Herbert has pulled out first and effectively boxed you in even though it was your 'turn'. Also, have you ever been in say, 3 lanes of dense traffic all travelling at say 60MPH when a pratt comes charging on to the scene at 90MPH and has to brake hard to avoid a pile up ? Does he think the cars in front are suddenly going to evaporate just because he has put in an appearance ? And finally, have you ever been going to an assembly and been overtaken by bros at speeds forbidden by the laws of this country ? I think I have.

-- Anonymous, May 08, 2000

And another thing,

I hate personalised number plates. I see loads on the way to work ( By the way I got laid off again ) and I will write them down and give you some examples later

-- Anonymous, May 09, 2000

hi maz you think it confusing for you, i drive my car on the left but i also have a boat which in this crazy country you have to drive on the right. jilly & shane are going away on it at the weekend i hope they remember which side to drive, its all so confusing i still can't make my mind up which side of the bed to get out of. yours snoringly gazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

-- Anonymous, April 19, 2000


in NYC...the time from when the light changes from red to green is called a the fastest minute. i tell you...they look at the other side of the light...it's going from green to yellow...and they are already moving on a red light!

so i think you all can take a lesson from America..this is how you do it...

as you come to a red light...watch the OTHER side as it turns yellow (do you have yellow lights)...and MOVE before your light even turns green. as they say here..."burn rubber" and go-baby-go.

of course...as a pedestrian...never try to cross the stree in Manhattan when this is happening...you will prove the resurrection.

so...you have to answer my question...which side IS right...don't change the topic...

do you know the history of it???

come on...you must!

-- Anonymous, April 20, 2000


you have me hysterical laughing. i tell you..some of your answers...i had better be sure i don't have coffee in my mouth.

make sure you have foam on the floor when you hit it!

-- Anonymous, April 20, 2000

okay...you can tell i'm really into this.

i've decided that since Jesus apostles' mom asked for the right side...

since the separating (when it's done) is on the right...

since the right seems to be the spiritually envigorating and enlightening side...most acceptable...

i think i have my answer.

anyone care to repent?


-- Anonymous, April 20, 2000

Wow...we're still on this. Colin...I've come to the conclusion you love a good argument, or heated discussion...you will keep it going. You'd be a great trinitarian.

I'm reading your latest response...and tyring to figure it out. Call me dislexic...but I'm trying to imagine this...but right/left/middle is getting all screwed up. What do you want for an american???

If any of you remember the Little Rascals??? No?? I'm sure Lou does. It was the Our Gang commedies? Well, these 5 and 6-yr-olds would do all sorts of things...they had a dog names Petee with the eye blackened?

ANYWAY...they had made a go-cart [as we call it here]...and it had attached to it...this folding arm that would go in-and-out with a boxing glove on the end. As they passed people that were in their way...or just didn't like...pow...out it came and knocked anyone or anything out of the way.

i think you need one on each side of your car...made of a bit stronger material...such as steel..and just say "move 'em...the d- saster is on the rampage..." you'll have the road free and clear for yourself..i promise!


-- Anonymous, May 08, 2000


Here in the States...especially on the West Coast...it seems to be who can outdo who.

In NYC...it's basically okay...not as much. IN any case, you pay more for it.

Why would anyone want to pay more for plates???

So...give me your resume, Colin, and I'll put it in. We have offices in the UK. I work for Dow Jones.

I'm so multi-talented...ain't I? I think I'm going to start charging for my services...


-- Anonymous, May 09, 2000

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