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Why do some countries drive on the left side of the road?
I have seen in movies, videos, commercials, and photos of countries like the UK and Japan, if it shows a road and a car, it is driving on the left lane of the road. I want to know if there is a reason and why this is so. This question applies to all countries that drive on the left lane. Asked by: Nevada Man (talk) 16:49, 24 May 2022 (UTC) Nevada_Man
- Welcome to Wikivoyage, Nevada Man. The reasons vary by country. Our colleagues at Wikipedia have a detailed article that explains this. Ground Zero (talk) 17:03, 24 May 2022 (UTC)
- @Nevada Man: I know you'd get a better answer on Wikipedia, but the answer is simple: British and Dutch colonialism.
- Most former British and Dutch colonies drive on the left because that's the side that Britain and the Netherlands (used to for the Netherlands) drive on, though the Netherlands switched to be in line with the rest of mainland Europe. I think there were also some other northern European countries like Denmark and Sweden that also used to drive on the left, and that is why the US Virgin Islands still drives on the left to this very day. Some former British colonies eventually switched to the right like Canada, Nigeria or Ghana, but that was only to make border crossings easier.
- Apart from those countries, most other countries that still drive on the left have no reason to – most are islands (e.g. 95 percent of Oceania, Indonesia, the UK/Ireland, Cyprus, Japan, most of English-speaking Caribbean), or have a road network way too complex and developed (e.g. most of southern Africa and Southeast Asia, all of South Asia, Guyana and Suriname.
- So, there isn't one correct way of driving on one-side or another. I'm still a fairly new driver who's been relying on others for years in my home LHS-driving country, and while I haven't drove in the US before, based on my friend's experience in driving in the US and mainland Europe, it can get a little bit tricky at first, but it'll become more natural sooner or later. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 07:17, 25 May 2022 (UTC)
- I'm Canadian so for me driving on the right is normal. I drove the Istanbul to New Delhi overland route and, at least for me, adapting to driving on the left (India, Pakistan & Nepal) in my left-hand drive car was not difficult. I suspect a right-hand drive car would be harder; I'd have to learn to shift with my left hand.
- Certainly being a pedestrian in a country that drives on the other side is dangerous. For example, when I am about to step onto a road I automatically look left since that is where I subconsciously expect cars to come from. That has nearly gotten me killed in London. Pashley (talk) 14:24, 25 May 2022 (UTC)
- Looking the wrong way is less of an issue if you live in a LHD country on the edge of a RHD continent as you become used to nearly always looking the other way when overseas.
- It might be worth noting that a lot of continental European countries drove and rode horses and carts on the left in the past. This is apparently because the roads were dangerous, and travellers needed to be armed. Since most people are right handed, passing oncoming traffic on the left meant you could draw your sword into an effective position more quickly if needed. Allegedly, it was Napoleon Bonaparte who caused a switch in circulation side; the countries he conquered switched to the right, while those that resisted kept to the left, at least until the 20th century.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 16:02, 25 May 2022 (UTC)
- I first learnt to drive in Australia (driving on the left in RHD cars), and it certainly took a bit of time to adapt to driving in a left-hand drive car when I moved to the U.S.; I noticed that I kept drifting to the right. And now that I have been so acclimatised to driving in the U.S., I find myself drifting to the left whenever I go back to Singapore. For me, I tend to associate RHD cars with driving on the left, and LHD cars with driving on the right, so the most confusing for me will be a country like Myanmar, which drives on the right, but where cars are mostly RHD since they are mostly second-hand imports from Japan and Thailand (which both drive on the left). The dog2 (talk) 20:16, 25 May 2022 (UTC)
Which subject must I do if I want to be a Flight attendant
Asked by: 184.108.40.206 04:34, 5 June 2022 (UTC) Which subject must I do if I want to be a Flight attendant
- There are no specific school subjects that I know of. Most airlines operate their own flight attendant training schools. Contact these and ask what they expect as prerequisites. If you can't find any, which airlines are you interested in? --Nelson Ricardo (talk) 05:27, 5 June 2022 (UTC)
- You IP address geolocates to South Africa. See if https://www.bestaviation.net/flight_attendant_school/south-africa/ helps any... --Nelson Ricardo (talk) 05:28, 5 June 2022 (UTC)
- Certainly learning one or more foreign languages would help. Also perhaps first aid training. Background studies to help you cope with passenger dietary requirements, some combination of religious studies & food science or biochemistry? Maybe a martial art to cope with hijackers or just obnoxiously rowdy passengers? Pashley (talk) 06:10, 5 June 2022 (UTC)