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About a 35% of the world population drives on the left, and the countries that do are mostly old British colonies. This strange quirk perplexes the rest of the world. In the past, almost everybody travelled on the left side of the road because that was the most sensible option for feudal, violent societies. Since most people are right-handed, swordsmen preferred to keep to the left in order to have their right arm nearer to an
opponent. [...]
The trend among nations over the years has been toward driving on the right, but Britain has done its best to stave off global homogenisation. With the expansion of travel and road building in the 1800s, traffic regulations were made in every country. Left-hand driving was made mandatory in Britain in 1835. Countries which were part of the British Empire followed suit. This is why to this very day, India, Australasia and the former British colonies in Africa go left. An exception to the rule, however, is Egypt, which had been conquered by Napoleon before becoming a British dependency.
You can read more about the rules in different countries here:
https://www.worldstandards.eu/cars/driving-on-the-left/

Anyway, in London is of course left-hand traffic. It is dangerous for visitors from "normal" countries, especially for pedestrians. On the crossing, they, like me, look the wrong way. For that reason, everywhere on the crossings are such signs - on a one-way road it can be look right, or look left, here is look both ways. But not everywhere is the crossing colourful.



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  • Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13605 W: 141 N: 35276] (158932)
  • Genre: 风景
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2022-05-16
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2022-06-13 2:05
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