Many Americans who are used to driving on the right side of the road are not bold enough to attempt driving on the “wrong” side of the road in places like Great Britain or Australia.
And even if you don’t find switching sides of the road intimidating, driving in Melbourne where the Australian Open is held comes with its own special challenges. You see, in Melbourne avoiding collisions with their famous trams is essential. One of the traffic rules is that you make a right turn from the left lane — on the already wrong side of the street for those normally driving as an American — which makes for some tenuous moments even for the locals.
Venus Williams is one American bold enough to have attempted driving in Melbourne. She hasn’t done so yet this year, but she’s been behind the wheel in the past. After posting a confident 6-2, 6-3 second round win over fellow American Lauren Davis, Williams discussed matters pertaining to driving.
Here’s Venus’s strategy for driving safely in Melbourne traffic: “There were times I went on adventures. I think Melbourne is one of the cities I know best because I’ve gone so many different places here on my own actually in a car. Pretty scary. I drive really slow. You always think in the back of your head, I don’t want to get on the wrong side of the road. So you drive real slow and always get a car I can follow, especially on those turns, so I make sure I’m following someone. Just to make sure nothing goes wrong. But it’s definitely an adventure.”