In the UK, why do you drive on the left side of the road?

Log_erLog_er FamiliarMember, Familiar
in Off-Topic 74.95 Karma
The biggest question in my head being an American...
Why do British people drive on the left side of the road?
I'm not criticizing y'all for it. I've always had this question in mind.

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  • JackFuryJackFury Member
    73.10 Karma
    I believe this should answer all your questions.
    https://www.worldstandards.eu/cars/driving-on-the-left/

    Also, this discussion should be in the "Off-Topic" section :)
  • Log_erLog_er FamiliarMember, Familiar
    74.95 KarmaFamiliar
    Where in the "Off Topic" section? There are 3 categorys there, art, music, and forum games. Doesn't belong there :p
  • LilWizardLilWizard Member
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    It's nice being part of the minority, with steering wheels on the right handside too.
  • TumbleweedTumbleweed Member
    70.10 Karma
    The UK are probably wondering why americans drive on the right side of the road :P!

    I don't know, maybe it was just whoever was in charge at those times decided how it was.
  • 41.40 Karma
    It comes down to different cultures is all, America adopted driving on the right side while England adopted driving on the left side.
  • JackFuryJackFury Member
    73.10 Karma
    Also, when America won freedom from Britain, we changed a lot of things to make sure we were different from them. That's why we changed our language, altered our culture, stopped certain British traditions, and much more. This is also why we use the Imperial system while the rest of the world is Metric: Britain switched to the Metric, so we stayed with Imperial to be different from them. Yes, the system isn't as good as Metric, but it has a reason behind it.
  •  SirGalaxon SirGalaxon Member
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    JackFury said:

    Also, when America won freedom from Britain, we changed a lot of things to make sure we were different from them. That's why we changed our language, altered our culture, stopped certain British traditions, and much more. This is also why we use the Imperial system while the rest of the world is Metric: Britain switched to the Metric, so we stayed with Imperial to be different from them. Yes, the system isn't as good as Metric, but it has a reason behind it.

    INDEPENDENCE!!!
  • Log_erLog_er FamiliarMember, Familiar
    74.95 KarmaFamiliar
    That makes sense xD
  • Sir. PixelSir. Pixel EnglandMember
    40.20 Karma
    england ftw
  • 41.40 Karma

    england ftw

    England, nah.
  • DsBerrypawDsBerrypaw Member
    94.00 Karma
    JackFury said:

    Also, when America won freedom from Britain, we changed a lot of things to make sure we were different from them. That's why we changed our language, altered our culture, stopped certain British traditions, and much more. This is also why we use the Imperial system while the rest of the world is Metric: Britain switched to the Metric, so we stayed with Imperial to be different from them. Yes, the system isn't as good as Metric, but it has a reason behind it.

    What he said. Jack is always good at history. And a good thing, because I don't want to have to correct him.
  • Log_erLog_er FamiliarMember, Familiar
    74.95 KarmaFamiliar
    I know American history well but nobody ever told me that xD
  • JackFuryJackFury Member
    73.10 Karma
    Log_er said:

    I know American history well but nobody ever told me that xD

    One of the biggest people in changes was Noah Webster when he wrote A Compendius Dictionary of the English Language. It was in that book that he made multiple changes to the spelling and pronunciation of a lot of English words. Others followed in his footsteps with other changes, such as which side of the road we drive on. It's rather petty that we changed it, but funny all the same because it was a final blow to the British when they lost America.
  • Log_erLog_er FamiliarMember, Familiar
    74.95 KarmaFamiliar
    JackFury said:

    Log_er said:

    I know American history well but nobody ever told me that xD

    One of the biggest people in changes was Noah Webster when he wrote A Compendius Dictionary of the English Language. It was in that book that he made multiple changes to the spelling and pronunciation of a lot of English words. Others followed in his footsteps with other changes, such as which side of the road we drive on. It's rather petty that we changed it, but funny all the same because it was a final blow to the British when they lost America.
    lol we fight with words. Sometimes i accidentally pronounce words the British way.
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