' Left-handed' drivers on Metro Line 1
At present, among the over 1,600 drivers working with Wuhan Metro network, more than 250 are working on Metro Line 1. Due to the structural design of the train, the drivers on Metro Line 1 need to control the traction and braking of the train with their left hands. To this end, the first challenge for the new naturally right-handed drivers on Metro Line 1 is to become "lefthanded."
The drivers have their own tips for the challenge. Xia Ming, 23, handles chopsticks with his left hand while eating. He said that in his spare time he plays basketball with his teammates and deliberately shoots with his left hand. Zhong Cheng of the same working team said his trick is playing mobile games with his left hand, which helps improve the dexterity of his left hand. The 24-year-old driver Huang Hailong started sending WeChat messages with his left hand.
After training for a long time and over many miles, these drivers are all able to use their left hands to push and pull the operating levers skillfully.