Please, mind the gap between the train and the platform!
The things we’ve learned and turned into what we call ‘habit’, like the three quarters of the world driving on the right side of the road, can be dramatically shattered in the UK, where driving is on the left. Everything about driving in the UK is flipped over horizontally: the steering wheel is on the right, gears are changed with the left hand, rear view mirrors are repositioned, the dead angle is not on the right side of your car but on the left now… And then the driving itself… for a while it feels like you’re in the wrong lane, only this time everyone else is as well, unlike in this old joke:
Every problem must have at least one solution, so what are the options in this situation? Well, the way I see it, it is always a matter of personal choice, as we can i) learn the new routine and adapt to the new conditions, ii) give driving up for as long as we live in the UK or iii) bring our left-side-steering-wheel car to the UK.
While options i) and ii) are pretty blunt but crystal clear, in sort of ‘take it or leave it’ way, option iii) sounds like a compromise: you will keep driving the car the way you used to and you will only adapt to driving in the other lane. Oh, and don’t forget to adapt the rear view mirrors as well… And the direction of the headlights… And watch out for the huge number of people on bicycles and motorbikes… And the traffic lights… What with the roundabouts… Left! Left! OMG…
Or… here’s another possibility:
But why worry anyway? There’s always option ii)… and public transport. But that’s going to be described in another post.