Why some people drive on the right, and some on the left | Did You Know?



“Why are you driving on the wrong side of the road?”

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About two-thirds of countries drive on the right side. So why don’t countries that drive on the left just switch over? Left-hand side traffic was actually the worldwide norm for a long time, and the split boils down to two main factors – the fact that most people are right-handed, and the fact that countries used different forms of transportation as formalised road rules began to emerge. The invention of cars and the placement of steering wheels influenced countries to switch over to the right — as recently as 1967 for Sweden.

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25 thoughts on “Why some people drive on the right, and some on the left | Did You Know?

  1. Eli Anto November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Great video 👍 Very educational 😊

  2. Lala Kumar November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Idiot

  3. RadioSnivins November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    I just assumed it was the Coriolis effect.

  4. tan hock jun November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Cute girl 🙂

  5. OHM-968692 November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Driving on the left is better

  6. T. G. November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Some Europeans visit the UK driving recklessly on the wrong side of the motorway (highway), causing serious accidents & deaths. Are they not aware in Great Britain, people drive on the left?

  7. TimeAndChance November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Have a world standard. Right is right. The days of horses being the standard for transportation has long past by.

  8. sam bob November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    As usual, America screwed up the rest of the world

  9. Abhimanyu Kohli November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Pretty cool. 🙂👍🏼

  10. BlueMonk25 November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Hah.. Suprised… Went through the comments.. Not many racist comments yet.. Not bad…its cool though,

  11. 567482 inCincy November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    because Murica went through a phase where we did the opposite of the British. But then turns out driving on the right is safer

  12. newsgetsold November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Ahh I see purple Jacarandas and Brisbane suburbs out of April's window.

  13. Stephen Marshall November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    But does it actually matter? https://youtu.be/lAWnpmL_w4c. Yes it does.

  14. Gen C November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Love your videos April! They remind me a lot of the work Vox does…and I'm obsessed with those 🤓

  15. Michael Irish November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Just like a horse, motorcycle are mounted on the left, as the kick stand leans the bike to the left side.
    The width of standard gauges rail was also influenced but horses,
    USA defied logic in this road law with regards to a horse.

  16. iconocast November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    awesome vid

  17. MrMundo3d November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    well ups only go right.. save fuel.. left drive cost more to drive

  18. Daniel Bunton November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Stupid French and yanks

  19. Matt Weller November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    ABC. Please transmit your News24 chanel in HD 720 or 1080. Your 480p stream is just painful to watch. Many other news networks who transmit via youtube are already doing this

  20. Robert King November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Being a pedestrian in a right side driving country is scary too. I was nearly skittled a number of times in Noumea. "Look to the right, look to the left, look to the right again." It does not work that way.

  21. Schoeib Sabri November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Awesome description lady. Good job

  22. beyazguevercin November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Great and interesting video. Just some additional info for the map: cars in Cyprus, Macau and Hongkong drive on left, too.

  23. lumberjack November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    I wonder why many people hate Asian people so much especially against the chinese. Regardless of politics, I am talking about Australian born Asians.

  24. Santiago Bron November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    the reporter is kinda cute.

    though
    her accent sucks.

  25. richard mcmahon November 2, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Doesn't matter where you are in the world the driver is always closest to the middle of the road .

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