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Old 05-23-2012, 08:53 PM   #1 
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Question for American and European drivers

Hi people

Here in sensible countries where we drive on the left hand side of the road, we have our driver's seat on the right hand side of the car. This means our pedals go, from left to right, clutch-brake-accelerator.

How do yours go? Which side of the steering wheel houses the indicator (right for us), and which houses the windscreen wipers (left for us)?

I was trying to imagine putting on the handbrake with my right hand the other day, and my head nearly exploded. I don't think I should be allowed to drive in Europe or the US.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:47 PM   #2 
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Thats for us to know and you to freak out about.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:53 PM   #3 
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In the US the pedals go, from left to right, brake, accelerator. I'm not 100% sure about the clutch since I drive an automatic but I believe it's in the middle?

Good luck!

Oh, and the signal and wiper controls are the same as yours.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:54 PM   #4 
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Hmm well here in north america most people drive automatics.
But in Poland we have standards, and it's the exact opposite. Drive on the right side of the road, and from right to left it's accelerator brake clutch. Wait. That's exactly what you said. I think?
If by indicator you mean turning signals those are on the left side, windshield wipers on the right side.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:58 PM   #5 
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Clutch is in the middle.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:13 PM   #6 
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In the middle? That would cause me to stall 100% of the time. :p

I drive an auto now, but I learnt in a manual.

Does anyone know what it is on motorbikes? Is it still right hand accelerator and front brake, right foot rear brake, left hand clutch and left foot gears?
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:48 PM   #7 
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A-B-C for cars.

Accelerator, Brake, Clutch.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:04 PM   #8 
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Is that from right to left or left to right, Maisy?
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:23 PM   #9 
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And to toss this all up a bit.. in America and Canada, the wiper switch can be on either left or right of the steering wheel. In my Camry, they are on the right of the wheel, in my Jimmy they are on the left of the wheel. The "stick" on the left of the wheel in my Jimmy controls the signal (up and down), wipers (twist front to back) and lights (pull towards body), and cruise control (switch on the end). So it's not all cut and dry with our vehicles, depends on the modle/make/year.

This is what the inside of my Jimmy looks like, except mine has grey leather.


Clutch is ALWAYS on the left in American/Canadian cars. ALWAYS. Brake in middle, accelerator the the furthest right. So with ours it's Clutch, Brake, Accel. <-- Just as you see it :) So the same as over there. Unless you have an auto, then it's brake in the middle, accel on the right.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:44 PM   #10 
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My friends Miata goes from left to right, clutch - brake - accel.
For my car though, which is an automatic, my wipers are on the right, signals on the left, I have a switch on the consol for my lights 2011 VW Jetta.
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