Driving on the Left or Right Side of the Road

Driving on the Left or Right Side of the Road

Most of the world drives on the right side of the road, but a minority of countries drive on the left. How do countries decide which side they’ll drive on?

The answer varies from country to country, but in most cases, the side a country drives on comes down to history and economics. In feudal Europe, people would travel on the left side of the road because most people were right-handed and wanted the arm that they used for their sword (or other weapon) between them and anyone who approached. As a result, traveling on the left became customary.