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11 January 2006

5 Weird Things (Part 3) - Turn Left, Turn Right

In Singapore, the cars are all right-hand-drive i.e. the steering wheel is on the right. So whenever we need to reverse our cars, be it reverse parking or just trying to rectify overshooting an exit etc., we need to look to the back of the car just to make sure that there aren't any oncoming traffic. Granted that we have the mirrors to aid us, I think for the most part, we would turn our heads towards the back for a better view.

Here's the thing, if you are right-hand-drive, you turn your head to the back via the left and for left-hand-drive, you turn your head to the back via the right. As I have been in Singapore for most of my life, I am more accustomed to driving on the right than the left. However, whenever I am overseas on business trips, mainly the US, I would end up on the left side of the car instead.

I remembered the first time I drove a left-hand-drive car. I borrowed my cousin's Toyota RAV4 to go visit a customer in the vicinity. Then at the end of the appointment, I hopped back into the car and was about to back the car (in the US, most folks park their cars head-in first) out of the parking lot when I realised something.

I can't turn my head fully via the right side.

Once I shift the gear into reverse, I instinctively turn my head to the back only to have my seatbelt socket staring right back at me. Oops. I turned the wrong side. Then, realising my mistake, I turned to the other side....

Arrghh...

Cannot reach.  

My neck can only go as far as pointing towards the diagonal blindspot behind me. Had it been the other side, I would have been able to turn more. I learned something new about myself that day.

Anyway, after a number of years traveling and driving in the US, I'd have to say that my "neck flexibility" has improved somewhat, although it looks like it may never be as good as turning to the left.

Oh well. I guess I'd have to rely on the mirrors more then.

- Voxeros

1. jaschocolate left...
Tuesday, 10 January 2006 9:57 pm
wahaha... come come.. i help u stretch your neck.. don't mind i breaking it when i am careless hor


2. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 10 January 2006 11:16 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: My neck berry strong one. I'd like to see you try. *smug*


3. jaschocolate left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 12:38 am
Then maybe i need to find some 'equipment' to help me.. wahaha


4. Zhe Bin left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 8:02 am
Maybe that time you didn't move your butt a lil more? Haha I do find out some handicaps of myself now and then.. like I can't sit down with my legs in this position --> /\/\
\/ = the thighs
/\ = the lower legs


5. Jaschocolate left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 8:25 am
Zhebin, the thing why do you want to sit down in that position? Question mark, question mark and question mark...


6. akk left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 8:42 am
hahahah!!! I saw the message! thanks leh, nice prezzie!!! hahahah...oh yah, as for this entry...I'm as bewildered as jas about zhebin, hahahah...why must sit like that ah? and exactly when did u find out about it? hahaha...thanks, jay!:) made my day!!


7. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 9:14 am :: 
Jaschocolate: Equipment??!! Man... you are starting to sound damn kinky...

Zhebin: Your diagram kuar boh leh... can take photo or not? :P

Akk: I also wondering about these two...


8. mht left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 10:27 am
so the moral of the story is : "if you want that part of your body to be working correctly, use it often! "


9. Jaschocolate left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 10:38 am
Not as kinky as mht.. haha


10. winter left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 12:47 pm
the moral of the story is to act blur..
hahahaha


11. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 1:51 pm :: 
mht: Well said. That means must drink more often. Liver needs the exercise also. Hahaha....

Jaschocolate: Sheesh... you really need to get your head out of the sewers!!

winter: Heh heh... looks like you're the smart one here... ;)


12. mht left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 2:58 pm
everything in moderation lah. (it is always easier said than done) too much of a good thing is bad.


13. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 3:38 pm :: 
mht: Spoken like a true wise man. True lah... even too much Vitamin C also bad for body.


14. Jaschocolate left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 4:21 pm
Ok loh.. i act blur loh.. *sulks*


15. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 5:26 pm :: 
Jaschocolate: Too late liao lah. People must dunno you act blur then can qualify as act blur mah.


16. aloe left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 5:51 pm
er.. yah, why ZB wanna sit in that pose har?
That's why when I was in US, I refuse to take the driving wheel. :P cannot accustom la.
Nowadays, I use more side mirrors than neck turning when parking le. Must practice la. Neck turn too much also no good, later neck cramp arh. LOL!


17. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 11 January 2006 6:08 pm :: 
Anna: For me, I just drive head in. Hur hur hur.... lazy bastard.... hur hur hur....


18. aloe left...
Thursday, 12 January 2006 9:25 am
u drive head in. but when u reverse out leh? same thing mah. ROFL!!!


19. mht left...
Thursday, 12 January 2006 9:56 am
anna: one way is to take the risk and just reverse out slowly without turning yr neck to look behind (hopefully, on-coming cars will honk you if you are backing into their path!)
haha


20. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 12 January 2006 10:00 am :: 
Anna: Yah hor! Wahahaha... so silly.... I guess what I originally meant was the we tend to be more careful reversing while parking then reversing while getting out.
Silly me... ahahahah....

mht: Long tio oo siah!!!


21. heather left...
Thursday, 12 January 2006 6:38 pm :: http://www.midsummergirl.com
hahaha.. so true. imagine putting the windows wiper as the indicator.. *shameless look* haha..


22. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 12 January 2006 7:08 pm ::
Heather: That has happened to me all too often, especially with rental cars that you are not familiar with.
I remember borrowing my friends car and this bloke cut me off. I wanted to high beam the bugger to express my displeasure. Instead, I squirted my windscreen with water. Damn fail....


23. aloe left...
Friday, 13 January 2006 10:09 am
er Jay.. yah.. that's what I did a few times too... so donch worry, u not the only one. :P Continental cars vs Asian cars in SG. Lights and wipers are on different side of the cars so the error loh... haaa!


24. JayWalk left...
Friday, 13 January 2006 10:17 am ::
Anna: Well, it is alright to make the mistake of turning on the wiper when you wanted to turn on the signal light.
It is quite loser lor, i.e. when you high beamed the asshole who cut you off as your proxy equivalent of "flipping the bird" at him but instead, you have the water squirting back at you.
Ow....


25. Zhe Bin left...
Sunday, 15 January 2006 1:54 am
LoL I just tried and I couldn't do it lah. I was still young that time and I was so unsure of what my body could do lor. So must try. And I failed. So sad. All the other kids could sit like that.


26. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 15 January 2006 9:36 am :: 
ZheBin: Well, like they said, nobody's perfect. I am sure you'd probably make it out somewhere else that the rest of us can't do either. :)


27. aloe left...
Monday, 16 January 2006 11:04 am
U know those leg splits by dancers? Normal people can't do it too, it's through pain, effort and practice. Do it more often and u may be able to do it next time. :)


28. JayWalk left...
Monday, 16 January 2006 8:25 pm :: 
Anna: Don't count on me for that. I die die cannot means cannot. :(

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