Commonwealth : Why do they ride on the left side ?

Capture d’écran 2014-03-26 à 10.14.46Usually, I like the spectator way : sitting in a bus or in the passenger seat of a car, looking at the window for hours, and hours, and hours… But here, in NZ, I had no other choice but driving, as the buses network isn’t as efficient and cheap as the Australian’.

Capture d’écran 2014-03-26 à 10.15.04I had driven left in India, Bali and Java, but only with a motorbike. How was it going to feel with a car ??? But first of all, why the hell to we have to drive left in some countries and right in some others ???

Capture d’écran 2014-03-26 à 10.15.31The history of the keep-left rule can be tracked back to ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome, and was more widely practiced than right-side traffic. Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans adhered to the left side while marching their troops. If two men riding on horseback were to start a fight, each would edge toward the left. Thus, they would be able to draw swords from their right and uphold a defensive position. Eventually, this turned into custom, and later, a law.

The keep-left rule was well-established in Rome because of congestion in the city. In the city of Rome, rules banned wagons and chariots during the day; in other parts of the Empire wheeled traffic was banned during the night, so as not to disturb citizens from sleep.Pilgrims who wished to visit the city were instructed to keep to the left side of the road. By the time the Pope ordered instructions to keep left of the road, this rule was already widely used. The regulation has been practiced by some countries ever since. by some countries ever since…

Capture d’écran 2014-03-26 à 10.15.18So why do other countries drive right then ???
Well. In Continental Europe, driving on the right is associated with France and Napoleon. During the French Revolution, a decree of 1792 ordered traffic to keep to the “common” right. A little later, Napoleon consolidated this position by ordering the military to stay on the right side, even when out of the country, so that everyone who met the French army had to concede the way. In the early 19th century, those countries occupied by or allied to Napoleon – the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain – adopted right-hand traffic…

Capture d’écran 2014-03-26 à 10.31.49So. Do I manage ? Yes, I think I do. The mean problem, that far, is that I mismatch the windshield wiper and blinker joysticks, as their position is reversed. Suddenly having your wipers in action when you enter a roundabout can be tricky 😀

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