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First Right, Then Left
DID YOU KNOW THAT A THIRD OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION LIVE IN COUNTRIES WHERE ONE DRIVES ON THE LEFT? HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON HOW NOT TO BE FREAKED OUT WHEN DRIVING A CAR WITH THE STEERING WHEEL ON THE RIGHT.
Although there are two accepted traffic systems in the world, countries, like Turkey, in which one drives on the right are in the majority. More than two billion people in our day live in left-hand traffic countries, most of them countries that were previously under British rule. In this category are India, Cyprus, the Caribbean Islands and ten different countries in southern Africa. Japan too is a country in which traffic keeps to the left and ownership of imported cars with the steering wheel on the left has become a status symbol.
WHY TRAFFIC ON THE LEFT?
The reason for this is explained more in terms of safety. In earlier times when most sword bearers used their right hand, taking the left side of the road meant security. Traveling on the left meanwhile became official in the 14th century when the Pope instructed pilgrims to Rome to do so to prevent congestion, and it has continued right up to our day.
SOME RİGHT-DRİVİNG COUNTRİES