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Steering Wheel on the Right? No, On the Left! But Why?

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The development of motoring in the United States contributed most to the unification of driving on the right. Even here, though, cars continued to have their steering wheel on the right for years. In the early 20th century, the steering wheel began to appear increasingly on the left. This was a natural progression: it enables those who are driving on the right to better gauge how to pass an oncoming car safely, and it also makes it easier for passengers to board from the pavement. Over time, all countries in mainland Europe made the decision to drive on the right.
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Even though the overwhelming majority of the world has chosen to put the steering wheel on the left, it is still a hotly debated issue between the right and left-handers. American cars are among the majority of cars that put their steering wheels on the left side of the car. But why is this something that varies across the world? It seems like it would be easier for companies like Honda or Ford not to make different steering wheel configurations. Alas.

Gear Patrol notes that the history in these instances, like England, in particular, is a bit murkier. GP says that one of the earliest written records about the British driving position dates back to 1753 and pertains to traversing London Bridge. However, some suggest that the left-side road rules might even date back to the Middle Ages.
Even on the other side, right-handedness is the cause of it all. The idea is travelers who carried swords would have them sheathed on the left-hand side of their bodies to draw the blades with their right hands. Walking on the right-hand side of the road would mean those sheathed swords would slap against each other and could potentially cause some obvious problems.
Interestingly, by the time the colonies that would eventually become the United States were being settled by Europeans, the pre-Americans had pistols making the sword calculus less important giving way to the proper driving position we would one day come to adopt. As is the explanation for so many other things here, American cars have their steering wheels on the left because of guns and horses.

 

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The development of motoring in the United States contributed most to the unification of driving on the right. Even here, though, cars continued to have their steering wheel on the right for years. In the early 20th century, the steering wheel began to appear increasingly on the left. This was a natural progression: it enables those who are driving on the right to better gauge how to pass an oncoming car safely, and it also makes it easier for passengers to board from the pavement. Over time, all countries in mainland Europe made the decision to drive on the right.
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You've always had your steering wheel on the wrong side sweetie
 

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My husband accelerates using his right foot and brakes with his left

He claims it’s because he learned to drive using a stick

Yet ANOTHER reason why I don’t drive with him anymore
 

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LOL....I had a old 4X4 Postal Jeep back in the day with the steering wheel on the left. It was based off the CJ-5.

Sort of like this one:

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Back then you could buy the old 2WD AM General Postal Jeeps for a song.
 

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LOL....I had a old 4X4 Postal Jeep back in the day with the steering wheel on the left. It was based off the CJ-5.

Sort of like this one:

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Back then you could buy the old 2WD AM General Postal Jeeps for a song.
My DIL drives a Jeep
 

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STFU SLOPPY

Fran. I've had pups following me here before. You are no different

But I have to tell you, I have to end this relationship. I have limited time here and you are a waste of it

Love, Sloppy.............Sloppy is so cute Fran
 

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Even though the overwhelming majority of the world has chosen to put the steering wheel on the left, it is still a hotly debated issue between the right and left-handers. American cars are among the majority of cars that put their steering wheels on the left side of the car. But why is this something that varies across the world? It seems like it would be easier for companies like Honda or Ford not to make different steering wheel configurations. Alas.

Gear Patrol notes that the history in these instances, like England, in particular, is a bit murkier. GP says that one of the earliest written records about the British driving position dates back to 1753 and pertains to traversing London Bridge. However, some suggest that the left-side road rules might even date back to the Middle Ages.
Even on the other side, right-handedness is the cause of it all. The idea is travelers who carried swords would have them sheathed on the left-hand side of their bodies to draw the blades with their right hands. Walking on the right-hand side of the road would mean those sheathed swords would slap against each other and could potentially cause some obvious problems.
Interestingly, by the time the colonies that would eventually become the United States were being settled by Europeans, the pre-Americans had pistols making the sword calculus less important giving way to the proper driving position we would one day come to adopt. As is the explanation for so many other things here, American cars have their steering wheels on the left because of guns and horses.

Move to a country that has the steering wheel on the right. Problem solved.
 

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How is this a current event?
Maybe she thought vehicles are current.

Or maybe it’s the thread where she thinks people write about important issues that keep them up at night, all worried and shit.
 

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The development of motoring in the United States contributed most to the unification of driving on the right. Even here, though, cars continued to have their steering wheel on the right for years. In the early 20th century, the steering wheel began to appear increasingly on the left. This was a natural progression: it enables those who are driving on the right to better gauge how to pass an oncoming car safely, and it also makes it easier for passengers to board from the pavement. Over time, all countries in mainland Europe made the decision to drive on the right.
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The other story is I think you like to take The Dirty Road no matter what side you are on
 

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My DIL drives a Jeep
I've owned 12 Jeeps of varying flavors over the years. From MBs to a CJ-8.

My last one was a CJ-5 that once belonged to the NPS....They ordered them with fiberglass tubs and full metal tops. It still had the NPS markings on it.

I got it from a guy who worked up on the Skyline Drive who bought it at auction.
 

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Weird thing -- it was a shock to be the passenger on the left side of the car when I visited in England, but my mind juxtaposed a picture of sitting in the right-hand seat. I really have no memory of the brain-fuck of being on the wrong side of the car.
 

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One of the advantages of having the steering wheel on the left is operating the gear shift on a standard transmission. It allows you to shift with your right hand.
 

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The development of motoring in the United States contributed most to the unification of driving on the right. Even here, though, cars continued to have their steering wheel on the right for years. In the early 20th century, the steering wheel began to appear increasingly on the left. This was a natural progression: it enables those who are driving on the right to better gauge how to pass an oncoming car safely, and it also makes it easier for passengers to board from the pavement. Over time, all countries in mainland Europe made the decision to drive on the right.
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There is another story.
You can try to deflect all you want by starting other unrelated threads, but Biden still sucks poo.

Just say'in.
 

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