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I was wondering if any of the car dealerships there sell cars with the steering column on the right side, or if all the cars there are imported from the mainland and have left handed steering.??? I know I can adjust either way.

Topic starter Posted : January 14, 2011 10:19 pm

all of the ones i have seen have the drivers side on the left, just like in the states. the hardest parts are parking lots and turns. does not take too long to get used to it

Posted : January 14, 2011 10:39 pm
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The problem is that if you have right hand steering you will be on the wrong side of the car for atm's, gate pads, drive through windows, etc as they are set up for left side.

Posted : January 15, 2011 12:28 am
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It's really no problem. I thought it would be, but it's not a big deal at all. I think it would be if someone suddenly told you to start driving on the left in your hometown, where you're used to driving on the right... but here, everything is new, and driving on the left just sort of falls into place.

I haven't seen any steering columns on the right, either. In some ways, I think that might make it harder.

Posted : January 15, 2011 12:30 am
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Vehicles that come into the VI have to pass the US Government Department of Transportation guidelines. Therefore, right sided steering columns are denied importation.

I'm not saying that I don't see an automobile every once in a while with a right sided steering column, just that they are normally denied entrance.

Posted : January 15, 2011 10:58 am
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For STT, I actually like driving on the left with the driver's side on the left, because of the terrain, it is easier to watch the edge of your side of the road than to judge an oncoming car.

This would not work in the States, as you have to sometimes pass people and need to be able to judge oncoming traffic.

Posted : January 15, 2011 12:14 pm
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The biggest problem is shipping in a car with a right sided steering wheel because they are usually completely foreign. In other words it very very expensive and a red tape nightmare.

Posted : January 15, 2011 1:04 pm
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The only problem that I have is the VAN and Mini Van rear side doors only open on the right hand side of the vehicle, which is a problem unloading passengers at times into traffic.*-)

Posted : January 15, 2011 1:19 pm
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Driving here is an adventure, the least part of which is driving on the left!

Posted : January 15, 2011 2:21 pm

Amen! It's the ones that want to take their half out of the middle that you have to worry about.

Posted : January 15, 2011 2:44 pm
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I mentioned the other day, driving at night here on STX seemed overly irritating due to oncoming bright head lights on low beam? I was told the reason for this is due to the fact that vehicles built in the states have factory designed angled headlights to the center for driving on the RIGHT. This was the reason for the appearance of bright lights for oncoming traffic on low beam. It is difficult to distinguish low beam from high driving on the LEFT. If correct, you would think the billions spent on vehicle safety and design might be something to consider?

How did LEFT hand driving begin in the VI's?

Posted : January 16, 2011 11:09 am
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