Friday, July 12, 2013

Fact of the Day: Left Traffic

In most of the world, people drive on the right side of the road. However in roughly a third of all countries in the world people drive on the left. Notable examples include Great Britain, Japan, Thailand, India, and Australia. 

21 comments:

Margaret D said...

I wonder how I would go driving on the wrong side of the road (right side), I guess it would come naturally eventually.

Kay said...

It is the hardest thing to drive on the left side. My husband has had to do it in New Zealand, England and Japan and dreaded it.

Bob Bushell said...

The nothing to do it really, we (english) have always driven on the left. We crossed the the channel a lots of times, and it is easy.

Anna-Alina said...

I thought it's only in Great Britain.

Pilar Domínguez said...

I didn´t think so many countries drive on the left! Kisses:)

DWei said...

I hear these people have trouble playing American games for the same reason. They drive on the "wrong" side of the road and crash.

Unknown said...

Tried once, didn't go over well

Poster said...

very interesting.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

It seems weird to us, but driving on the right side seems weird to them!

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

It is so difficult when you rent a car in countries who drive on the left.

Em-Musing said...

I'll be traveling to England next year (I hope) and thought it would be great if there was an arcade type of thing where you sit in a car with the steering wheel on the right side and the visual on the screen would be showing what it would be like to drive on the wrong side of the road. I won't be renting a car there. I'll to taxis and avoid any accidents.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I was really surprised when we got to Japan and found that they drive on the left side of the road. I hadn't expected that in a country with no history of British colonialism. But I guess there was enough British influence in Japan when it first opened to the West that the Japanese adopted that model.

Dana said...

I don't know if I could ever get used to that.

Have a great Friday.

DEZMOND said...

oh, I didn't know that in Japan and India they also drive on the left

Adam said...

apparently they chose it after some British ties (mostly rail) gave them a model to base their roads.

jaybird said...

I don't think I could ever master driving from the left! It seems so unnatural!

DeniseinVA said...

Very interesting! As one who grew up in Great Britain, the last time I visited I could not get used to driving on the other side of the road. Approaching roundabouts was a night mare ;)

Marie a la Mode said...

I'd be one confused driver if I had to drive on the left side of the road!

Theresa Mahoney said...

If I ever go to one of those countries, I'm taxi'ing it. No way would I be able to figure that out!

FilipBlog said...

In The Netherlands we also drive on the right side but occasionaly we have to drive left when we are in the UK or Thailand. Avoiding busy places.

Greetings,
Filip

Pat said...

Believe me, they don't like when you say "wrong" side of the road, either! It's not wrong to them! We drove around in Ireland on the left side of the road. It was interesting to say the least!