After some years on the road, driving becomes practically like walking for most folks. A thing you can do with practically little direct attention and very little conscious. But put that same individual in a country that drives on the opposite side of the road than they’re used to, and it necessitates virtually total concentration to keep from putting their car right into oncoming traffic. For Americans, that connotates driving on the left side of the road in locations such as New Zealand, the U.K., and Australia.
Take It Easy
There is defensive driving and then there is extremely cautious “I’m not sure what side of the road I should be driving on.” In this case, pick the latter. If your defensive driving habits are typically solid, put on another layer of care to your typical approach. If you’re usually an aggressive driver, this is a good time to push “pause” on things such as tailgating, speeding, and weaving in and out of lanes.
Get to Know the Car
It’s always smart to familiarize yourself with the buttons, pedals, and other parts of your rental car before going out of the lot. Though even more crucial, if these functions are on the opposite side of where you expect them, it’s suggested the first 10 minutes of your car rental be increased to 15 or 20 minutes so you are completely comfortable with the vehicle before going out on the road.
Set Aside Extra Time
Even under typical driving conditions, numerous traffic accidents are instigated by folks who are in a hurry. When your reaction time rendered undependable by several changes in variables, you could have a couple of extra minutes on practically all your drives, even the little ones.
Don’t Get Distracted
Driving while impaired is not a good idea, regardless if that means being tired or drunk, eating, fiddling with your phone, or keeping an eye on a baby in the back seat. Adding such distractions to the present complex task of driving on the other side of the road is just asking for trouble.