I live in Australia and here we drive on the "wrong" side of the road. I fear that having driven
here this way for many years, I can not adjust in time to drive on the other side of the
Franz, My first experience of European driving was when I picked up a hire car in central Rome - now that was an experience!
You are justified to be concerned - it's not unusual for people to be involved in a crash because they've instinctively turned onto the wrong side of the road - sadly it's usually a head-on with dire consequences.
But it's surprisingly easy to adapt to driving on the "wrong" side of the road (apart from putting on the wipers when you mean to turn on the indicator). The only confusion comes when you get to one of those intersections where the sides of the road are separated by a median strip AND there are no other cars around to give you a clue!
When that happens to me I just sit and ait for another vehicle to appear and give me a cue.
I think you'll find that re-adopting your old Austrian ways will be easier than you think. Just don't be pressured into moving off if you're not 100% sure you've got it right.
When we drive in Europe we have a little saying - actually it's usually screamed at the top of your voice - if the passenger notices the driver making a mistake, say "Fright Right!", that usually gets them back onto the correct (right hand side) of the road.
Phil about 6 years ago
Just remember that the driver should be on centre line side and the passenger on the kerb side. don't drive when tired, you're more likely to make mistakes. Do not allow yourself to get flustered, panicking is never helpful. It's easiest to drive on the wrong side when there is no traffic because other traffic is a visual guide to which side you should be on. When there is no traffic ask yourself if you're on the correct side. Roundabouts, flow in the opposite direction, don't try to go clockwise on them!
Lastly, treat yourself like a learner driver, take things slowly and enjoy the adventure so that you don't tense up. BTW When I was there in 2005 it was cheaper to hire a car in Germany and because you might be close by it could be worth the saving. about 6 years ago