Japanese Online Newsletter Vol. 78 日本で運転する(にほんでうんてんする)

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Driving in Japan

Here are a few things you should know if you have a chance to drive in Japan. In Japan, as in the UK, cars drive on the left side of the road. Therefore, the driver's seat is located on the right side of the car. The position of the turn signal and wiper switches are also opposite to the cars sold in the U.S.

In the U.S., you are allowed to turn right even when the light is red, but doing so in Japan will result in a ticket. Also, you must always pause at railroad crossings, and speed is displayed in kilometers instead of miles.

Most gas stations are full-service, and not many are self-service. As you enter a gas station, the staff will tell you where to park your car. When you get there, stop the car, turn off the engine, and say, "Please fill up the tank with regular" or "30 liters of high-octane gas, please." If you want to wash your car, you can do so at the car wash. While washing your car, you can get out and have a cup of coffee in the waiting room.

If you have any other questions, please contact me. Remember, if you are coming from the U.S., please note that the left and right sides are reversed.

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