Daniel Pierce

Why do cars in London drive on the opposite lane?

Asked by Daniel Pierce 1 year ago driving lessons


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It’s not just London; over a third of the world’s population today drive on the left side of the road, while everyone else drives on the right side. This all started in the old British colonies, with exception to several countries like Japan, which were never part of the colonies. Before cars, people travelled on the left side of the road because most people are right-handed. Travelling on the left side allowed the right hand – the strong hand – to draw their sword when walking towards an enemy. Travelling on the right side started in the late 1700s with horse-drawn wagons.

The “driver” sat on the left rear horse so he could use his right hand to lash the horses forward. This position made it necessary for a horse-drawn wagon to travel on the right side of the road. If you’re wondering how I know all this, you can thank/blame a surprisingly knowledgeable instructor, from when I was taking driving lessons in Croydon a few years back. I never knew driving practice could be so unusually informative.

by Daniel Pierce 1 year ago

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Why do cars in London drive on the opposite lane?

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