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Driving on the left side goes back to Medieval England where Knights would ride their horses on the left side of the road so if they encountered an enemy their sword hand would be on the right side.

England has never let go of this, and is still ready to sword fight to this day.


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25th January 2024
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5 months ago #9880107        
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It goes back all the way to the Romans, not to the Medieval period - and was common across Europe right up until the French Revolution. Because the French royals had always ridden on the left, the French decided to swap to the other side because "republic!" Napoleon, who was left-handed and found it easier to fight from the right, spread the new system everywhere he conquered. America began driving on the right, too, because of the way the seats on their wagons were arranged. Britain never met Napoleon's army in the British Isles, so it kept to what was then the standard way - as still used by about 40% of the world's population.


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5 months ago #9880087        
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Driving on the left is inferior to driving on the right. Sorry, England. This is because with a left hand steering wheel, you can switch gears, steer, and indicate, all at the same time. You can't do that with a right hand steering wheel, as the indicator stalk is on the left of the steering wheel, and your left hand is busy shifting gears. And I run into this issue all the time, whenever I get to an offset road. You know, like you come to a main road and you need to make a left and then immediately make a right. With the steering on the left I can flick the indicator stalk as I am moving the steering wheel.


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5 months ago #9880157        
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Oh yeah, when HE does it it’s “of historic relevance” but when I do it I’m “a danger to my fellow motorists”…


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5 months ago #9880129        
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Have any of you driven a cart or carriage? You sit on the right with the whip in your right hand, it keeps it out of the load behind you. Not quite a sword, but carts are more common than mounted knights. Still intimidating.

5 months ago #9880118        
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You are mistaken, they do not drive on the left. They drive on the wrong..


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5 months ago #9880102        
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If you drive on the right then your shield arm is facing the oncoming traffic. I find that a lot more comforting than having my sword arm free.


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GaryM

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5 months ago #9880161        
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The Latin word for left is sinister. The English took that word and (yada yada) ... burned at the stake.

5 months ago #9880152        
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You can shoot a gun with either hand. That's the only reason Americans don't drive on the left.

GaryM

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5 months ago #9880092        
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Spiral stairs in castle turrets were built such that the wall would be on the right when climbing. The defender would be able to swing a sword right handed while the aggressor climbing the stairs would have to use their left. Left handed knights were heavily recruited to overcome the issue.


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20 minutes ago #9882025        
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Hold on, what happened to the February strip?
I hope you're doing well.

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