When you think of other countries, the things that first strike your mind is the difference of culture, customs, lifestyle, tradition and food habits. But do you know apart from currencies, language and all these things, there is one more important thing that varies from country to country? Yes, and that difference is in the driving system. Some countries drive on the left side of the road while some on the right side.
Today we are bringing you some crazy facts about Why people drive on the left side of the road and how it came into existence.
#1. Do you know 35% of the world drive on the left.
Yes, the number of countries that drive on the right side of the road are way more than the ones that drive on the left. But if you are visiting countries like England and Japan, then don’t be surprised, you might witness people driving on the left side of the road which can make you go crazy. But relax there are countries that drive on the left side, especially old British colonies.
#2. May be it’s because of the horses
Many people believe that roads came into existence for the horses and because of this, people used to walk on the left side of the road.
#3. Due to the right handed horse rider
It can be because right handed person mounts the horse from the left side and it will be safer to ride on the left side of the road so that he can dismount the road from the same side rather than in the middle of the road or in the traffic.
#4. Napoleon Bonaparte
After his conquest, Napoleon spread the Right-hand side driving system, but countries that were against Napoleon kept the left and that includes countries like Britain, Portugal, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
#5. Britain made left-hand driving mandatory
This is why Countries that were ever under the British Empire also drive on the left side of the road that includes countries like India, Africa and Australia.
#6. Because Egyptians, Romans and Ancient Greeks always preferred the left side
#7. Because in 1300 CE. Pope Boniface VIII declared so..
We believe that is one of the reasons why people in Rome still drives on the left side of the road.
#8. Soon after Horse carriages came into existence a few centuries later, the rules got changed by legislation.
#9. In the year 1976, the new legislation was also passed that drivers will drive on the left side of the London Bridge.