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    Just a thought………………when hopping from one forum/site to another and of course one country to another there is often some confusion when someone refers to the drivers side when indicating the source of a noise or the location of a certain part ect.

    A typical example would be someone driving a RHD car in the USA and saying I have a noise from the drivers side blah blah ect.

    Surely a convention as per most workshop manuals that assuming the vehicle is viewed from behind then the left hand side is easily identified from the right.

    Things were ok for years but with the Internet now reaching all corners of the world it just seemed to be a good idea, yes or no?

    Of course this would not happen overnight but IMHO it would do no harm to start now and begin a convention that could be announced to all newcomers ect and slow but sure things would change.

    Only a thought mind you, I know people don’t like change but………………

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    Valid point. Maybe we should refer "port" or "starboard".
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    I use left/right side, as when sitting in the car.
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    Thumbs down Time for a nice glass of Port

    So we are talking about toys. If we get it wrong then so what.

    When you really need no chance of a mistake there is only one way.

    Take a lesson from the really serious guys. Aircraft and ships. They use Port and Starboard.

    When I am negotiating a wave in the ocean and I pass a message to a crew member to cut the Port engine, there is no ambiguity. He gets it right first time, every time. If I said check the left engine then we have chaos. Left for me would be the ahh left engine (sometimes because I could be facing backwards looking at the engines). If he is facing the engines then left would be my mmm right engine ( unless of course he assumes I have corrected for the direction of reference and gets it right, or is that wrong). Disater.

    Port and Starboard are only just left and right, but the rules (Red/Green etc ) are so embedded in your brain that nobody even has to think - handy in an emergency.

    The off road equivalent is left hand down, right hand down. This works well, unless SWAMBO is driving. (Psst - how do I hide this post from SWAMBO )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henris View Post
    Valid point. Maybe we should refer "port" or "starboard".
    You can bet the authorities will query the red and green lights mounted on the 'cabin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    So we are talking about toys. If we get it wrong then so what.

    When you really need no chance of a mistake there is only one way.

    Take a lesson from the really serious guys. Aircraft and ships. They use Port and Starboard.

    When I am negotiating a wave in the ocean and I pass a message to a crew member to cut the Port engine, there is no ambiguity. He gets it right first time, every time. If I said check the left engine then we have chaos. Left for me would be the ahh left engine (sometimes because I could be facing backwards looking at the engines). If he is facing the engines then left would be my mmm right engine ( unless of course he assumes I have corrected for the direction of reference and gets it right, or is that wrong). Disater.

    Port and Starboard are only just left and right, but the rules (Red/Green etc ) are so embedded in your brain that nobody even has to think - handy in an emergency.

    The off road equivalent is left hand down, right hand down. This works well, unless SWAMBO is driving. (Psst - how do I hide this post from SWAMBO )

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    I could never remember the red/green - port/starboard and a 'boat man' said "not a lot of people like PORT so it is often LEFT on the table" of course we have to assume we are looking forward to get the LEFT bit right............ooooer I feel seasick

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    I'm not sure there are many guys who would turn down the offer of a good port though

    But I was taught: There is no RED PORT LEFT in the bottle.
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    Another one. The one I use and teach my crew.

    The red ship left port.

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    Left, Port, Red are short words
    Right, Startboard, Green are long words
    Easy to remember
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    Quick reminder to army days & directions....

    Not THAT left, poepol, the OTHER LEFT!!!!

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