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I learned how to drive on a RHD car in, uh, a RHD country(Japan). Moving back to the US required a little adjustment, but nothing a week and some practice dcouldn't fix. And then I went to Europe several years later and I switched back very naturally.

However that being said, I wouldn't want to own a RHD car in the US. Parking and passing would require just enough extra work/attention that I'd eventually start to resent it.

That wouldn't stop me from bringing a EDM over if I could. You could always start transfering parts to a car you find here, if you intend to stay.

And getting pulled over by the cops...they're not all as nice or reasonable as Mark. The odds are you'll eventually get a real prick that can give you a lot of trouble.
 

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And getting pulled over by the cops...they're not all as nice or reasonable as Mark. The odds are you'll eventually get a real prick that can give you a lot of trouble.
After all my braggin about no tickets, I got pulled over yesterday. 47 in a 35. This was a big thoroughfare and not a residential street. I was polite. He was an ass (made me turn off the engine even though it was 102F and the sun was beaming on me). But that's the way it goes.
 

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I have ample experience in being pulled over. I'll be fine. Thanks for looking out for me tho. I'm expecting some time lost when one of them actually tries to ask around to run my plates. Everything is in working order. Reading through the rules, I don't have to comply to any of the DOT rules for a year, or until I switch nationalities. So basically, unless I'm speeding or something...they have nothing on me.

....tempting to cruise through cali. 8)
 

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I was polite. He was an ass (made me turn off the engine even though it was 102F and the sun was beaming on me). But that's the way it goes.
I guess it is SOP for traffic stops in Fort Worth:

Please keep in mind when you are signaled to pull over by an officer that law enforcement can be dangerous work. Do not assume the officer knows that you are a law abiding citizen, officers must be cautious at all times.

When signaled to pull over:

* Pull over as far to the right as safely possible. This allows the officer to more safely walk to your car. On a freeway, you may pull over to the left.
* Turn off the ignition.
* Turn on the interior light if the stop occurs at night.
* Place your hands on the steering wheel until the officer can make a safety evaluation as approaching your car.
* Avoid making any sudden or reaching movements.
* Please stay in your vehicle unless asked by the officer to exit your car.
* If you are carrying a weapon, advise the officer of the weapon and the location.
* Always follow the officer's instructions.

Stopping at night, especially along a dark stretch of road, can heighten the tension for you and the officer. Officers do not object to a driver proceeding to the nearest well-lit area. Simply acknowledge the officer by turning on your flashers and drive at a reduced speed.

If asked to exit the vehicle, walk to the rear of your vehicle to the side away from traffic, or as directed by the officer. Use the vehicle as a barrier between you and on-coming cars.

The officer will ask for two pieces of information: your driver's license and insurance card.

Please do not attempt to argue with the officer. This may increase the tension in an already stressful situation. :lol: Depending on the reason the officer initiated the traffic stop, you may or may not be given a citation. If you receive a citation, you will be advised of your options in making a disposition of the citation.

Once the traffic stop is finished, walk carefully back to your vehicle watching on-coming traffic. When an opportunity exists, carefully merge back into the flow of traffic.
 

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I always turn my engine off when being pulled over. I assume that a car that can take off at any time tends to make a cop nervous, and I'm trying to make him as comfortable as possible with the situation. Upon pulling over, I kill the engine, roll the window down, and put my hands on the wheel. Oh, and hide the guns and drugs ;) I wait until asked before I search the glovebox for paperwork, because that could look a little shady from outside the car.
 

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Well, I normally turn off the car but it is friggin roasting right now. I did roll down the window and put my hands on the wheel. He already had my license in hand when he asked me to turn it off. Then he went back to his air conditioned car and wrote the ticket up while I my nuts were roasting.
 

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ryan_long_01 said:
Great cars, but if we're talking right hand drive, there's no way I would daily-drive (or regularly drive) a RHD car. Passing cars on the highway in one of those has to be a nightmare. I don't understand why people think it's cool to drive a car that's set up for countries that drive on the other side of the road -- talk about form over function...and don't even get me started on people who spend endless time and effort (as well as cash) on converting their LHD USDM car to RHD...ugh. If I want a B16 and some JDM goodies, I'll buy them and swap them into a USDM Si (heck even the glasstop is do-able), and not have to deal with RHD, trying to register a foriegn-market car, etc. I think they're cool as hell, but I sure wouldn't want to deal with all that.
There are nice LHD EDMs
 

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coldtotouch said:
ryan_long_01 said:
if we're talking right hand drive...
There are nice LHD EDMs
That's why I said "if we're talking RHD". It seems like a lot of people are obsessed with the JDM/RHD thing, even going to the extreme of converting a LHD car in a country that drives on the right side of the road to RHD...if there's a car you absolutely have to have and it only comes in RHD, I guess that's one thing...but people that pass up LHD versions for RHD just for the JDM-ness of it, or do the conversions to RHD, that just confuses the hell out of me. I like EDM stuff, my EDM power window switches will work perfectly with my USDM car...some people get JDM stuff and deal with the master switch on the passenger side, or flip the switches and the writing is upside down...geez some JDM stuff is cool but when it doesn't work with your car correctly, or if it makes you unable to see to pass a truck, it is kinda dumb.
 
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