I have driven/ridden both sides:
1. Tell your wife she is part of 'staying alert' - having your pillion jab you in the ribs can be a life saver and they can help with a hand point at junctions.
2. Concentrate before you turn the key to ride off. You might have ridden a couple of hours ok, then pull over for a stop in a parking lot or a drink. 1/2 hour later you get on the bike and it's automatic to do what you've always done.
3. When you park up, park facing the direction of the traffic flow, park the other way and you can easy forget when you come back to the bike.
4. Make mental notes of clues like which side of the road the signs are on. When there is little or no traffic you have fewer 'visual clues' to remind you.
5. Do you have 'roundabouts' in the States? They can be daunting at first when riding the opposite direction. Ride them like a pussy to start with, keeping the kerbs on your nearside.
6. Be careful joining freeway 'slip roads', again particularly when there is no traffic to follow or signs to get cues from. There have been quite a few accidents where a vehicle has chosen the exit slip road and driven miles at night the wrong way towards oncoming at 70mph.
7. Satnav can help you concentrate more on the riding and less on the distraction of map reading. It also avoids arguments with the pillion that can alter concentration flow.
8. It doesn't matter if you take a wrong turn or miss one, if you are following another vehicle you are less likely to get flustered and make a mistake.
9. Try to avoid doing U turns by taking the next turn or at least plan them before executing. They can be quite disorientating.
You will have a great time, just concentrate more to start with and whenever you think you have cracked it, don't get complacent. I feel safer the wrong side on a bike with better all round visibility than in a car.
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