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Brie1648

You wait for the lesson on why there are 1760 yards in a mile!! LOL!!

lyndee

Thanks Brie, I always wondered why every country doesn't have the same rules when it comes to driving. I could never adjust to driving on the left side.....I would be an accident waiting to happen.
Thanks Jyl for stopping by. :)

jyl

Thanks for the history lesson, Brie! Now it all makes sense to me. Can't imagine how badly I'd do trying to drive on the left side of the road, though.

Brie1648

In deed they do - and it's all Napoleon's fault because he was left-handed!

About a quarter of the world drives on the left, and the countries that do are mostly old British colonies.
Japan also drive on the left.

This strange quirk perplexes the rest of the world; however, there is a perfectly good reason.

Up to the late 1700's, everybody travelled on the left side of the road because it's the sensible option for feudal, violent societies of mostly right-handed people.

Jousting knights with their lances under their right arm naturally passed on each other's right, and if you passed a stranger on the road you walked on the left to ensure that your protective sword arm was between yourself and him.

Revolutionary France, however, overturned this practice as part of its sweeping social rethink. A change was carried out all over continental Europe by Napoleon.The reason it changed under Napoleon was because he was left handed his armies had to march on the right so he could keep his sword arm between him and any opponent.

From then on, any part of the world which was at some time part of the British Empire was thus left hand and any part colonised by the French was right hand.

In America, the French colonised the southern states (Louisiana for instance) and the Canadian east coast (Quebec). The Dutch colonised New York (or New Amsterdam).
The Spanish and Portugese colonised the southern Americas. So The British were a minority in shaping the 'traffic'.

The drive-on-the-right policy was adopted by the USA, which was anxious to cast off all remaining links with its British colonial past.

Once America drove on the right, left-side driving was ultimately doomed.
If you wanted a good reliable vehicle, you bought American, for a period they only manufactured right-hand-drive cars.

From then on many countries changed out of necessity.

robryan

That looks just like our freeways & motorways Lyndee! Only....you're driving on the wrong side of the road:))

lyndee

We never drive when we'll in DC Warbler....it's a zoo there!
No Snooker, you are right. Pretty hard for us to go northeast without having to go through Chicago.....Ugh!

snooker

Treat is not quite the word I would use to describe Chicago, Lyndee. :)

warbler

Sure looks like the DC Metro area...

lyndee

I wouldn't do that Snooker!!! :)))
Chicago.....just wait until we get there Snooker, what a treat that will be!!!!!

pumpkinhead

Reminds me of Chicago. EEEKKKK!!!!

snooker

Not fun! Gonna pull off and wait till 2:00AM and hope it thins out. :)

lyndee

I'd take the scenic routs any time smllpkg.
Brie, the on coming traffic heading north was solid like this for at least 150 miles. We do eventually run into the same mess going south. :((

Brie1648

aaarrrggh - this is when I don't regret learning to drive! I like trains and planes!

smllpkg101

It's always a toss up for me. Speed of the interstates versus the scenery of the state routes.

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