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Old 06-29-2015, 11:22 PM   #15
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Has anyone considered that we are mostly speaking to folks on the forum who drive on the right side of the street? Everything is mirror-image if you are in countries where they drive on the left side of the street. Recently we, Americans, were driving in New Zealand and it took some adjustment, especially the stick shift!
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:26 PM   #16
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very much like "skiers right, skiers left" used by snowcat operators working...cause they work uphill and downhill
also used by most others on the mountain when direction someone to a particular location.

Honestly wasn't aware there was ever any confusion in regards to which is the right or left side of the trailer either - not any different than a car - the front is clearly the front as is the rear so getting confused as to which is right or left side of the trailer would be a real odd.
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:08 AM   #17
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Honestly wasn't aware there was ever any confusion in regards to which is the right or left side of the trailer either - not any different than a car - the front is clearly the front as is the rear so getting confused as to which is right or left side of the trailer would be a real odd.
I agree with you but Iowa Dave's response/explanation is great.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:20 AM   #18
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In the trucking industry we always use the terms "driver side" and "passenger side" to avoid any confusion. And "nose" and "tail" for front and back
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Old 06-30-2015, 07:56 AM   #19
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Not by the eye of the beholder.

...and in heraldry it is from the perspective of the wearer of the coat of arms, not the opponent or observer. So, right is left, left is right. Coats of arms are more than pictures.
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Old 06-30-2015, 12:28 PM   #20
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Has anyone considered that we are mostly speaking to folks on the forum who drive on the right side of the street? Everything is mirror-image if you are in countries where they drive on the left side of the street. Recently we, Americans, were driving in New Zealand and it took some adjustment, especially the stick shift!
Yup I have been to other parts of the world and driven right hand steering wheeled cars on the left hand side of the road and still have a number of family & friends who live in such countries. In fact two family members are currently visiting.

BUT Right is still Right and Left is still left... that does not change regardless of where you are in the world or what side of the road you drive on.

Agree though that referring to passenger side and driver side when discussion the car or trailer would indeed confuse those who are from left lane driving countries.
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Or in Hawai'i:

Mauka
Along with makai, mauka means mountain and refers to the opposite direction of makai. When you’re told that the direction to take is mauka, you’re driving or hiking toward the inner parts of an island, away from the ocean, toward the mountains. While learning these terms, you’ll also hear leeward for the western and dry part of an island.


A co-worker from England told me how in driving to work one day in the States very early in the morning as he pulled out of the driveway of a petrol station, he pulled to the left of a police car waiting in the left turn lane. Naturally, he was pulled over but his very British accent saved him. He said he don't know what happened, he just reverted.

He also got some notoriety for requesting a "rubber" from the secretary when he first started working in the US. (A "rubber" in England is what Yanks call an "eraser".)


One of the things I found very strange working for an aircraft manufacturer is that they will draw the left side of an airplane and then just allow that the right side is identical only the opposite hand. I found when working that right/left handedness is one of the most difficult concepts and causes great confusion. Actually I think that computers have eliminated this practice since it is simple to have the computer reverse the view.
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:34 PM   #22
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Has anyone considered that we are mostly speaking to folks on the forum who drive on the right side of the street? Everything is mirror-image if you are in countries where they drive on the left side of the street. Recently we, Americans, were driving in New Zealand and it took some adjustment, especially the stick shift!
Been there, done that. I had the cleanest windshield in New Zealand but almost never used a turn signal.
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He also got some notoriety for requesting a "rubber" from the secretary when he first started working in the US. (A "rubber" in England is what Yanks call an "eraser".)
And a former neighbor lady from England, when someone knocked on her door early one day, asked, "Why are you knocking me up so early?"
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:59 PM   #24
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Port, starboard, fore and aft solves the problem with the least verbage.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:02 PM   #25
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Port, starboard, fore and aft solves the problem with the least verbage.
Only if you are on air or water though. These terms are not used with vehicles that go on roadways.
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They are land yachts. If you don't like the terms don't use them. they have been proven over centuries. also most are so tight they would float.
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The standard in the transportation and automotive industry it is always in relation to facing forward or sitting in the operators seat (as mentioned above).
Therefore left is streetside and right is curbside.
Of course you are all referring to North America, and or Europe, where we drive on the right and park against the right curb.
Brits, Japanese, Ausies would all dispute our claims of Right/Curbside; Left/Street side. Still, the convention as to right-left is as you sit behind the wheel and look forward, in the direction of travel. /wc
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