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Need a driver, any ideas?

Hi all,

I have to fit out a whole apartment with new furniture from IKEA, but rather than wait their ridiculously long lead times I am trying to find someone how can pick up & deliver for me. IKEA rents delivery vans but I am unable to drive them (In Australia we drive on the opposite side of the road, dont want to cause any accidents!).

Does anyone have any ideas of where I can find a driver (with or without a van)? Of course happy to pay a small / reasonable amount for the service

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Re: Need a driver, any ideas?

Have you actually tried driving on this side? I'm an Aussie too and just the fact that I sit differently made it no problem to change. I just hired a car and drove around for a day. After that the largest IKEA truck was no problem at all ( and yes, did that too!)
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Re: Need a driver, any ideas?

As australia is also on the other side of the world, it's actually the same side, just upside down.
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Re: Need a driver, any ideas?

You soon pick up driving on the wrong side, the accelerator, clutch and brake are still in the same positions but the gears are mirrored, most people have no problem adjusting. You will find you have a strong aversion to driving into oncoming traffic that should keep you on the right side of the road.
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Old 08.02.2011, 17:16
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Re: Need a driver, any ideas?

The trick is to really concentrate at junctions about where you need to go. The difficulties arise when you act on instinct.

I regular switch road sides, and you soon get used to it. If you have problems with the gears, get an automatic.
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Re: Need a driver, any ideas?

Checkout this EF search : Man with Van..

There are a good few people on there who ,for a fee, will collect,deliver and sometimes assemble your furniture with/for you at reasonable prices.

Some offer a discount when you say you found them on the english forum.

Good luck with the move,

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Re: Need a driver, any ideas?

PM sent hope can be useful! thks
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The trick is to really concentrate at junctions about where you need to go. The difficulties arise when you act on instinct. I regular switch road sides, and you soon get used to it. If you have problems with the gears, get an automatic.
Other traffic acts as a constant reminder of which side you should be on. When driving on an empty road you really need to concentrate. I'll second the automatic option if you are planning a long drive. As a beginner you might find your left arm gets tired with holding onto the wheel while doing gear changes, fiddling with the radio etc. Not to mention the automatic reflex of your left hand shooting out to change gear and hitting the door instead. These are just short term afflictions; you soon learn.
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Re: Need a driver, any ideas?

Try these guys too
http://www.warentaxi.ch/index.html

We used them when we needed help with furniture for the entire house from IKEA. Do be very very clear with your instructions ie whether you need them to just pick up and drop, or help bring upstairs etc as they charge differently, depending on what you need them to do.
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Re: Need a driver, any ideas?

"I'm a driver. I'm a winner"

I also have a race licence - does that help
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"I'm a driver. I'm a winner"

I also have a race licence - does that help
Depends, can you assemble ikea furniture as fast as you drive?
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Re: Need a driver, any ideas?

Just an FYI, we recently ordered a number of items from IKEA and they gave us the estimated delivery time of 4 weeks So we were pleasantly surprised when they delivered everything just 2 days later. They'd charge 8% of your total value to deliver to Zurich and they had an offer on whereby if you show your train ticket they give you 50% off the delivery charge although I don't know if that's still going (check their website). Just thought I'd mention it so you can compare costs. Good luck with the buying!
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Re: Need a driver, any ideas?

Join mobility.ch and get your own van for a couple of hours.

You'll get used to driving on the wrong side of the road very quickly. I did - after attacking the door a few times thinking the gear shift stick was there.
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Of course happy to pay a small / reasonable amount for the service
You haven't been in Switzerland long, have you, luv?
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As australia is also on the other side of the world, it's actually the same side, just upside down.
you also saw last weeks Top Gear episode ?

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Re: Need a driver, any ideas?

The driver position within the car when driving on either side of the road, is always close the middle of the street, and not kerb-crawling. If you aim just to miss all on-coming traffic, and avoid the totty on the pavement, you should find yourself, roughly in the right position.

If you don't want to end up with red knuckles when reaching for the non-existent gear knob and banging the door handle, try (only when safe to do so) driving with your right hand holding the gear knob - even when you don't need to change gears - it soon becomes a familiar feeling (male passengers beware - especially if the driver is attempting a handbrake turn).

The pedals should be vaguely familiar, also, but care should be taken, depending on the number of take-away containers (sorry - for an Aussie, also include some empty cannies) collecting in the foot-well, as this can inhibit travel.
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You soon pick up driving on the wrong side, the accelerator, clutch and brake are still in the same positions but the gears are mirrored, most people have no problem adjusting. You will find you have a strong aversion to driving into oncoming traffic that should keep you on the right side of the road.
I've driven on both sides, and the gears were NEVER mirrored. It's always been top left for 1st, bottom left for 2nd, etc, regardless of which side of the stick you're sitting on. Think about it, nobody wants to manufacture a mirrored gearbox.
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I've driven on both sides, and the gears were NEVER mirrored.
This.
Never heard of or experienced a 'mirrored' gear shift
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If you don't want to end up with red knuckles when reaching for the non-existent gear knob and banging the door handle, try (only when safe to do so) driving with your right hand holding the gear knob - even when you don't need to change gears - it soon becomes a familiar feeling (male passengers beware - especially if the driver is attempting a handbrake turn).
I really cannot recommend that method from the point of view of safety. You should really have both hands on the wheel for most of the time.

Even more so when you might find yourself suddenly realising you are on the wrong side of the road

Another point here is that resting your hand on the gear lever for lengthy periods can cause wear on the bearings at the bottom of the gear lever. They aren't designed for constant use.
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Re: Need a driver, any ideas?

I have had the same problem, you may also rent a van with a driver from Avis here is the link. Hope this would help you.
http://www.avis.ch/avisonline/ch-gb/...ns_Switzerland
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