Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationCommuting · 2 months ago

Why is it that the side of the road you drive on opposite the side of the steering wheel?

In the US, we drive on the right, but the drivers seat is on the left.

In some countries, they drive on the left, but the drivers seat is on the right.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    So you can see oncoming traffic when you try to pass.

  • 2 months ago

    In England and most of the "colonies", it's a holdover from the tiltyard, so a knight could couch his lance in his right hand and attack his opponent. The steering wheel is placed to give the best view of approaching traffic. An exception (at least in the USA) is for mail-delivery vehicles, so the letter-carrier has easier access to the mailboxes.

  • Tim
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If you don't like the way I drive then stay off the sidewalk.

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