The common thing in most countries is to drive on the right, but it is not the case in a few countries. In general, this can be seen in United kingdom It goes left, but this situation is also the norm in at least 50 other countries.
Almost a third of the world’s population drives on the left, most of them from former British colonies that, after their independence from the United Kingdom, kept the custom in their traffic codes, according to the portal. Statista.
Historians place the origin of leadership on the left in ancient Rome, where “The Romans drove their chariots with their left hand to free up their right so that they could use weapons to defend themselves against enemy attacks“, Indicates Business interested.
Historical data is based on the fact that approximately 90% of people are right-handed, a statistic that seems relatively constant over centuries and millennia.
Countries driving on the left side:
- Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Saint Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha, Swaziland, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- Asia: Bangladesh, Brunei, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste.
- Europe: Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Cyprus, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Malta, UK.
- Oceania: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu.
- America: Bermuda, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Cayman Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Falkland Islands/Malvinas Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. (F)
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