Ever Wondered Why Some Countries Drive On The Left And Others On The Right?

Ever Wondered Why Some Countries Drive On The Left And Others On The Right?
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Do you know only 25% of the countries drive on the left? Ever gave a thought about what happened in the history? What were the reasons that compelled the countries to decide the direction of driving? All the questions are answered below. Read on and enlighten your curious drive (pun intended)

1. 75% of the countries drive on the right.

Why Some Countries Drive On The Left And Others On The Right

However, historically, left side was preferred.

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The experts say that when roads primarily existed for horses, people rode on the left side.

The experts say that when roads primarily existed for horses, people rode on the left side.
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Probably, because people who are right-handed tend to mount horses on the left side.

Why Some Countries Drive On The Left And Others On The Right
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Ancient Greeks, Egyptians & Romans preferred the left side...

Why Some Countries Drive On The Left And Others On The Right
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...as most people used right hand to wield their swords and being on the left side of the road was preferable. As they'll be less vulnerable to the people on the other side.

In 1300 CE, Pope Boniface VIII said that...

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...people in Rome should drive on the left side.

A few centuries later, carriages took over and the rules were changed by the legislation.

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In 1756, a legislation was passed that drivers on London Bridge should keep to the left.

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The British Government wrote to General Highways Act in 1773.

By the 1700s, people were building vehicles for farming which were pulled by horses.

By the 1700s, people were building vehicles for farming which were pulled by horses.
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So ,the driver would whip the horses with his right hand while they sat on the left side.

When the steering wheels were introduced in the US, they were on the right...

Why Some Countries Drive On The Left And Others On The Right

...and they already preferred to drive on the right side. So, Henry Ford made a switch and put the driver seat on the left...

Driver side left; car on right.

By 1915, this was a standard for cars in the US.

Other countries got influenced by Americans & adopted their way.

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Around the 20th century, Canada, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, and many other African countries switched to the right.

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