Friday, April 25, 2014

Why Britain Drives on the "Wrong Side"

Have you ever thought about the reason why Britain drives on the "wrong" side of the road but no one else does?

Well, it seems that all of the world used to drive on the "wrong" side of the road until the late 1800s.  In fact, the Pope even said that we should all drive on the wrong side of the road.

However, in the 1800's, horse and carriages were gaining popularity.  As a result of this, as the carriages got larger, the driver would sit to the left of the "left horse" so that he could lash the team of horses.  As a result of this, most people started to "drive" on the left side of their vehicle, and thus wanted to keep to the right side of the road so they could see other carriages passing on the left.  Now, in Britain, they never used the bigger carriages so they stayed driving on the same "wrong" side as they always had.

And that is how and why Britain drives on the "wrong" side.

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