Drive on the left or the right?

@maximax8 (31053)
United Kingdom
September 8, 2009 3:03am CST
We drive on the left side of the road in my home country. My favorite country in the world is Samoa and I heard something on the news about it today. They used to drive on the left side of the road and now they are swapping to drive on the right side of the road. Which side of the road do you drive on in your home country? How do you think you would cope if your country changed from one side to the other? What do you think of Samoa changing from left to right?
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23 responses
• Portugal
8 Sep 09
In my country you can drive in both sides, just don't let the police get you.
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@MagusX (1098)
• Brazil
8 Sep 09
We drive on the right side here ( Brazil ). It would be hard to re-adapt to the side of the road, i mean, i dont know if i would drive well on the left now that i am used to the right.
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@AmbiePam (85215)
• United States
11 Sep 09
The US drives on the right side of the road. And when I went to Australia, even though I was just in the back seat (of the cab, bus...), I was totally thrown off. If I ever move to a country that doesn't drive on the right side, well look out people if you see me on the street in a car.
@ShepherdSpy (8544)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Sep 09
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/8241911.stm shurely shome mishtake...
@sweetie1026 (1718)
• Philippines
13 Sep 09
It is on the left here for us. I think that would be a bit confusing for all. After all they have been used to driving on the left and wouldn't that require so much changes too?
@mansoak (510)
• India
8 Sep 09
We in India here drive on the rightside. If they change the driving position to left it will be difficult for us as we are used to it. I think there it would not make any impact on the coutry if they change the driving position from left to right.
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• India
9 Sep 09
India drives to the left while the drivers sit to the right of the vehicle. I think its really a colonial hangover from the British but no point in changing it now. I really don’t know which is better or the logic behind driving left and driver sitting to the right and vice versa!
@williamjisir (22819)
• China
9 Sep 09
Hello maximax. Here in China, it is on the right that drivers drive. Everyone drive this way and so it is the with the riders and pedestians. Everyone is used to this traffic rule.
@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Sep 09
hi maximaxi8 here in the US we drive on the rigth side of the roadbut in other countries they must not.i dont drive but I imagine it would be hard to learn to drive on the left side if you were used to driving on the right side. I re ally have no thoughts on Samoa as I know very little about the country.
@Bluepatch (2476)
• Trinidad And Tobago
8 Sep 09
In Trinidad we drive on the left. Just yesterday the Finance Minister increased the driving offences penalties so now to overtake on the curb is about $ 2000 in fines. Driving depends a lot on how you respond to the other drivers on the road with you.
@haiershen (1080)
• China
9 Sep 09
drivers take on the right side of the road in our country,we had already keep on for many years, so it is hard to changed, especially at the beginning of changing one side to the other, the traffic will be in trouble, so i'm wondering to know why the area you mentioned need to do that and how to cope with it, good luck and have a nice day!
@happy6162 (3001)
• United States
8 Sep 09
In the country I live in we drive on the right side of the road. It would probably take a little getting use to but I am sure if we change and starting on the left side of the road I could do it. If that is waht Samoa wants then it is up to them what side of the road they want to drive on.
@Iriene88 (5343)
• Malaysia
9 Sep 09
Dear maximax8, I am a Malaysian. We drive on the right. Singapore and UK too. We are influence my British occupation many years back. From what I know, Taiwan and US are driving on their left side. Samoa is changing their driving from left to right? That's a real 'big' step they are taking. How will be their car steering, it will affect some visibility, as such it is quite dangerous. Cheers!
• China
11 Sep 09
In my opinion, historically people in coastal countries very likely drive on the left of the road. While in inland countries it is always on the right. (It is a general rule but not absolute) Because when the land army with their arms on the right shoulders passing each other from the opposite, they have to walk on the right-hand side. Like people in UK as a coastal country, drive on the left, as well as in Tailand, Japan, and Hong Kong. But in America and China things are different. So I think it is just a custom.
@mods196621 (3652)
• Philippines
8 Sep 09
Driving is my frustration. Up to now I can't drive yet. It was hard to drive a car into right side of the road or left side if you know only one side. Most especially if you don't drive... like me.
@bodhisatya (2384)
• India
8 Sep 09
We drive on the right. It is going to be an uphill task for me if I were suddenly told to switch over. I am just so used to have the gear box on my left and I am very comfortable with the concept of Right wheel drive. I remeber vividly I was on this place where they drive on the left side and hence the whole perspective changes if you are on foot and wat to cross the road. I had to adjust big time.
@sblossom (2168)
8 Sep 09
In China we do drive in the right road and driver sits in the left side of a car. But here in the UK people drive in left side and sit in the right side of a car. So it’s totally different from my country. When I arrived in the UK at my first time I was confused with it even I knew the difference before I arrived. I told my husband he made wrong way and he said trust me. I’m right. Sometimes when I take rides on his car i walk to his side and he laughes at me. do you want to drive? I think drive in right side have advantage. most of people in the world use their right hand so if they sit in left side of a car their right will control the car. it's safer. i guess the country Samoa had the thought too.
• United States
8 Sep 09
We drive on the left in England, and now I live in America where its on the right. I don't think one way is any better than the other, because whatever way you grew up with is easier to you. Changing side sounds a bit scary though! Apparently the left side in Britain had something to do with how in medieval times, you drove on the left (I guess your cart or horse or whatever!) so your right hand was free to carry a sword and defend yourself, and this was common everywhere. But Napoleon changed it because he was left handed which is why France is on the right and England stayed left. Also heard its something to do with maritime law, and the way ships are supposed to pass, Britain being a maritime nation. Don't know if either is true, just stuff I read but works for me!
• China
8 Sep 09
I come from China. We drive on the right side of the road in my home country. I can not imagine,if abroad to the road on the left side of the country ,and I how to drive? I am sure have walked .
• China
8 Sep 09
hi in prc,ppl drive on right,i thk it doesnt matter whether side is choosen,maybe samoa droped its british style?i m not sure.gd day.