November 30, 2021

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Why does English run on the left?

Unlike the French, English motorists drive on the left side of the road. We explain the reason for this feature!

In all countries of the world, such as France, traffic is on the right side of the road, but in some countries it is common to drive on the “wrong side” of the road. England, Ireland, India, Japan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This is not an isolated case because it is estimated to be close 35% of motorists in the world drive on the left.

To understand why this is, we must go back to a time when knights on horseback crossed paths. These are Traveled to the left, They carried their sword on the left side in order to facilitate their use on the right side: thus, by passing another ride, it avoids colliding with their swords. Although official, no traffic rule was established at the time Respect The day was orderly and left-handed transportation was naturally required.

Nearly 35% of motorists in the world drive on the left

When did we switch to right-hand traffic? This is from XVIIITh A new type of carriage that appeared in the United States in the twentieth century was pulled by groups of horses: the Konestoga without a driver’s seat. So he kept his right hand free, to handle the whip, and took his place on the last horse in the left row. That’s when Right-hand traffic came naturallyThese vehicles can cross each other when the driver is allowed to control his vehicle.

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This cart model was also adopted France, Right-hand transport is also necessary, and according to some historians, it is Napoleon 1There is Who would have exported this rule Transport to all the countries he captured. Britain thus escaped from the emperor and, like all territories and former colonies under the rule of the British Empire, retained traffic rule on the left.

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