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Which way should the key turn in a car door to unlock it?

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Which way should the key turn in a car door to unlock it?

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by:woolnoir
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The other way than that which locks it ?
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by:dshrenik
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Don't we have a specific direction - clockwise or anti-clockwise?
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by:woolnoir
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clockwise, the logic being for a right handed person its easier to do than anti clockwise.
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actually ignore me, its the other way :) anti clock to unlock.
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by:woolnoir
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im confused, why ask something in the puzzle riddle section that isnt a puzzle / riddle ?
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by:dshrenik
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I thought this is the place for that. Do you have other suggestions?
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by:woolnoir
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well if you want an 'actual' answer check the manufacturer of the car, if you have a interview coming up for example and you are asking about the traditional interview question about this.. the good answer is always my first one... google it :)
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by:TommySzalapski
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Most car doors are constructed symmetrically. (In other words, the door on the driver's side is identical to the door on the passenger's side except everything is flipped as in a mirror). On both of the cars in my driveway you turn the key clockwise on the driver's door and anti-clockwise on the passenger's door. The top of the key moves toward the back of the car in both cases.
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by:Michael-Best
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It will depend on the year and make of the car.
On some cars all locks will be anticlockwise to unlock (standard for right handed people)
Some cars doors are constructed symmetrically so the drivers side is anticlockwise to unlock and the passengers side is clockwise to unlock.

More lock info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_(lock)
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by:patrickab
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In all the cars I have either owned or driven in the last 50 years virtually all the doors are unlocked by turning the key anti-clockwise.
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dshrenik - Thanks for the points - Patrick
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