Why does India drives on the Left Hand Side of Road ?

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Why does India drives on the Left Hand Side of Road

Have you ever wondered why in India, we drive on the left side of the road, whereas most of the world drives on the other side. Well if you’re still wondering why whereas the 65% of the world drives on Right Side, join us with this article and you will be able to know the reason for India driving on the Left.

We’ll need to take a journey into a time long gone when old dusty roads had armoured knights on horses running about.

knights on horses

The medieval world was a rather violent and cruel world (think Game of Thrones) and with most of the world being right handed, the right hand held the weapon of choice for most knights. To ensure that delivering the killing blow with Senor Stabby in case a skirmish broke out (which was quite normal for the times), knights steered their steeds with their left hands and did the greetings (to fellow knights) and beatings (to any idiotic bandit that tried his luck) with their right hands.

To get rid of any link to the hated old Monarchy, the French did away with the old imperial measuring systems and went metric. The country also decided to switch to the right side of the road, which they then spread to many areas in Europe when Napoleon came to power and decided that waging war and conquering other countries was perfectly normal.

driving map of world

With the advent of motorised transport ie: the car and America’s role in pushing it across the world, vehicles with steering wheels on the left side of the car soon became the norm across the world

Left Hand Drive

The British and the their colonies though stuck to the old ways and that’s why in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and of course us in India, we drive on the left side of the road.

right hand drive
Japan, despite never being under the control of the British empire also drives on the left hand side of the road. This is because, when the country decided to build their national railway system, they used the expertise of British railway engineers, who decided to stick to driving on left-handed tracks just like they did back home.

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Source : DriveSpark

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