How to Recognise a Truck Side
Many people have a problem with determining the correct side of the vehicle while searching for spare parts. Understanding problems of our customers trying to meet the expectations we present a short instruction of how to properly state the side of the vehicle based on industry standards.
Automotive industry standards precisely define the determination sides of the vehicle, and the main determinant is the position of the driver. So, to properly determine side of the vehicle, you must get behind the wheel, or stand at the back of the vehicle while looking forward as if you were sitting behind the wheel.
The best way to show this in a graphical manner is a snapshot at the vehicle from the top (see figure 1). As shown on the picture it is easy to see where the Left Front, or the Right Rear is.
If you look at your vehicle from the front, you always have to remember that sides will be reversed.
If you look at the back of your vehicle, there's no confusion at all. Left side is on the left hand, while right side is on the right hand side.
For the right hand drive vehicles - RHD - the left side is always a passenger side, also called near side N/S (near the kerb). For all left hand drive vehicles - LHD - left side means driver's side, also called off side O/S (off the kerb).
For the right hand drive vehicles - RHD - the right side is the driver's side, also called off-side O/S (or off the kerb). For all left hand drive vehicles - LHD - right side is always the passenger side, also called near side N/S (near the kerb).