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Why Do English Drive On Left?

Why Do English Drive On Left?

Perhaps, many of us are wondering why some countries are driving on the left side of the road. Some people even say that it is the wrong side of the road! Well, the most popular places practicing the left-hand traffic are the European countries. So, why do English drive on the left side of the road? If we are going to base the answer from different great historians, it’s actually surprising to know that the reason behind this left-hand traffic flow is very simple.

Some archeologist found preserved pathway to a Roman quarry close to Swindon, England. The channels on the left side of the road were much deeper than those on the right side. These channels imply that the Romans drove on the left side of the road. This is a fact that English keep on left side of the road, but it doesn’t answer yet the question ‘why,.

Well, many historians claim that during the Middle Ages, you drive on the left of the road for the simple rationale that, you will not know who you’ll meet on the road during those days. Ancient people wanted to be certain that they can defend themselves with sword in case the stranger who passed by is unfriendly. As we all know, most people are right handed, therefore keeping or driving on the left side of the road, will keep ones right hand free.

During mid 1700′s, the Britain made its first legal reference to continuously keep the traffic flow on the left side of he road. This highway act was protected through, Highway Act 1835. Aside from European countries there are also out of Europe countries who does the same road traffic practice.

Among the countries that still follow the same road practice are Australia, Barbados, New Zealand, South Africa, and Trinidad & Tobago. Asian countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka continuously follow left-hand traffic.


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