Three Left-Hand Traffic Rules To Make It Easy

If you’re driving in a left-hand traffic (LHT) country, such as the United Kingdom, Japan, or India, you’d better be driving on the left. But that’s easier said than done. For those of us used to driving on the “right” side, right-hand traffic (RHT) is so deeply ingrained in us that when we don’t have a set of simple alternative rules, we keep switching back to our “good old” RHT patterns. And they can be quite dangerous when you’re driving in London or Sydney for example. So what are those “simple alternative rules”? Well, the way I see it, there… Read More »

Practical Applications of the 3 LHT Rules

Let’s move from theory to practice. The 3 LHT Rules give you a handy mini-method that you can apply in all driving situations. To help you reinforce the 3 LHT Rules, let’s go now through the applications of this method in practice. Remember, you have a method, so you don’t have to remember all the instructions related to individual driving situations below. The instructions are just to illustrate the 3 LHT Rules, as applied during typical driving challenges. Having a method is much more powerful than following instructions, as you’re the one in power, not dependent on continuous support from… Read More »

Turning Right at a Crossroads (4-Way Intersection)

You already know that turning right is the more difficult way of turning at intersections in a left-hand traffic country, so naturally, it applies to crossroads as well. You’ve got to cross a lane with cars in your way, and that’s always trickier. Turning at a crossroads is a more complex version of turning at a 3-way intersection, so if you haven’t already, please read about turning right at a T-junction first. As with junctions, there are also two scenarios when turning right at a crossroads – and yes, it’s emerging from a minor road and “disappearing” from a major road. But before embarking… Read More »

Turning Left at a Crossroads (4-Way Intersection)

A crossroads is the type of an intersection where two roads cross over. Looking at a crossroads from above, it really is what the name says – a cross made of two roads, creating four arms. In an LHT country, turning left at any intersection is the easier option compared to turning right, as you’re joining the lane that’s closer to you on the left. Turning left at a crossroads is similar to turning left at a T-junction so if you haven’t already, please read about that maneuver first. Likewise, there are 2 scenarios when turning left at a crossroads – emerging from… Read More »

Turning Left at a Crossroads (4-Way Intersection)

A crossroads is the type of an intersection where two roads cross over. Looking at a crossroads from above, it really is what the name says – a cross made of two roads, creating four arms. In an LHT country, turning left at any intersection is the easier option compared to turning right, as you’re joining the lane that’s closer to you on the left. Turning left at a crossroads is similar to turning left at a T-junction so if you haven’t already, please read about that maneuver first. Likewise, there are 2 scenarios when turning left at a crossroads – emerging from… Read More »

Using Roundabouts

Dealing with roundabouts in a left-hand traffic country may sound a bit daunting, but with our 3 LHT Rules, the main navigation is a piece of cake. When approaching the roundabout, the first question usually is – should I go right or left? It’s easy when you see cars already circling around, but sometimes the roundabout is empty. If you know Rule No. 1 (“London – Left”), you also know the answer – indeed, you should go to the left. That’s because in LHT countries, the roundabout traffic circulates clockwise. But remembering to go clockwise is impractical – after all, do… Read More »

Turning Right at a Junction (3-Way Intersection)

Turning right is the more difficult way of turning at a junction in a left-hand traffic country. That’s because you’ve got to cross a lane with cars in your way to join the further away lane when turning right. In your home country, the right turn is the simpler alternative, but in LHT countries it’s the other way round. Let’s review the two main scenarios of turning right at a junction. First is the most “classic” – you’re leaving a minor road in order to turn right onto a major road. This maneuver is also called “emerging”, since you emerge in… Read More »

Turning Left at a Junction (3-Way Intersection)

In a left-hand traffic country, turning left is the easier option for a turn at a junction. That’s because you don’t have to cross a lane with cars in your way to join the further away lane in your desired direction. You simply join the lane that’s closer to you on the left once it’s safe to do so. In your home country, it’s simpler to turn to the right but you shouldn’t be surprised that in LHT countries it’s the other way round. There are basically 2 scenarios of turning left when being at a junction. First, you’re leaving… Read More »