Driving Habbits – Which Side Is The Original

Left or right - which is the correct side of the road for driving, or shall we say the original one? If we go simply by the numbers alone, then it would have to be the right side which is used by a major part of the world. Neverthelees, eventhough just 35% of population drives on the left side and the practice has it has its roots in the middle ages. At that time the practicality of carrying a gun on the left side facilitated the possibility to draw the weapon with the right hand (the majority of the population was and still is right-handed). Therefore, keeping to the left side had its purpose.

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By Benjamin D. Esham (bdesham) – Created by bdesham in Inkscape from BlankMap-World6.svg, using information from Sens de circulation.png. This vector image was created with Inkscape., Public Domain, Link

Driving on the left is probably the original side for driving and goes back to history

Steering on the right, driving on the left side of the road (UK, Australia, India, south African countries …)

Steering on the left, driving on the right side of the road (today the majority of the countries)

Driving rules for driving on the right side of the road

Driving on the left:


United Kingdom


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