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Sunday, 05 August 2012

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Everyone used to drive on the left: it kept your whip further from pedestrians. See Goethe's Travels in Italy, for example.. Napoleon changed most of the Continent, though I don't know why. The Americans presumably changed for sweet reasons of their own.

Had something to do with passing cavalry units getting knoted up in each others lances when passing each other. The lance being carried on the right.

That is ONE explanation. There are others.

Thank you, Gentlemen, and I'm sure there are other answers. I have a vague memory of being told that it was because when men carried swords they wanted it handy for dealing with anyone coming the other way.

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