Meaning of left-hand drive in English:

left-hand drive

Pronunciation /lɛftˌhand ˈdrʌɪv/


mass noun
  • 1A motor-vehicle steering system with the steering wheel and other controls fitted on the left side, designed for use in countries where vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road.

    as modifier ‘a left-hand drive model’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, early diesel models were directed towards left-hand drive markets.’
    • ‘The new left-hand drive model was found in perfect condition.’
    • ‘The car was bought in Sweden where they drive left-hand drive cars, as right-hand vehicles are not permitted in Senegal.’
    • ‘It will also not allow the import of left-hand drive cars.’
    • ‘It was simply designed for left-hand drive cars.’
    1. 1.1count noun A vehicle with left-hand drive steering.
      ‘the vehicle was a left-hand drive’
      • ‘This is in a left-hand drive; Mercedes-Benz could not confirm that the problem will be fixed for right-hand drive.’
      • ‘I've not done much more than three laps in the car and it's a left-hand drive too so that will take some time to get used to.’
      • ‘One of the distinguishing aspects of the car was the fact it was a left-hand drive, which may jog the memory of those who sighted the car in the Tullow area.’
      • ‘The accident crushed the right hand side of the car, but Rooney was able to walk uninjured from the crash because his American imported 19-ft long Cadillac Escalade is a left-hand drive.’
      • ‘Can I register a right-hand-drive car or would you suggest I exchange it for a left-hand drive?’