Traffic in the UK
Left-hand driving (left-hand traffic) :
is quite an adaptation when you are used to right-hand driving
- but – it has some real advantages !
1. priority from the right : when you are on the left side of the street, you are in a better position to see the traffic coming from the right.
2. roundabouts : you go left around the roundabout (clockwise),
priority from the right still prevails, all is very logic and goes smoothly.
With right-hand driving you go right (anti-clockwise),
but all of a sudden you get priority from the left - illogical!.
sleeping policeman : speed bump
roundabout : traffic circle.
Ancient travellers on horseback generally rode on the left side of the road.
As more people are right-handed, horsemen would hold the reins with their left hand and keep their right hand free – to offer in friendship to passing riders or to defend themselves with swords.
Even the French revolution plays a role !
Before the revolution the aristocracy travelled on the left side of the road, forcing the peasantry over to the right. After the storming of the Bastille, aristocrats preferred to keep a low profile and joined the peasants on the right.
An official keep-right rule was introduced in Paris in 1794.
Later, Napoleon’s conquests spread the new rightism to most of Europe.
The countries that resisted Napoleon kept left.
Sometimes right is wrong ...