Is it safer to drive on the left?
Considering the majority of humans are right-eye dominant, is it actually safer to drive on the left, as opposed to the right?
What are the pros and cons of driving on either side of the road?
- 1 year agoFavourite answer
In practice, it makes more sense to drive on the left.
It means your offside is on the right for safety reasons as mentioned.
But it also means that your right side does most of the control of the vehicle, with the left hand doing less important jobs like changing gear or adjusting the radio, etc.
That puts the right eye, which tends to be stronger, in a better position to see oncoming traffic.
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- 1 year ago
YES..if that is the LAW.
- 1 year ago
It is not the vision of your eyes decide driving direction, but the traffic laws on your area.
- StephenWeinsteinLv 71 year ago
It is safer to do what everyone else is doing. It is more dangerous to drive on one side when other drivers are on the other side.
The major pros and cons actually don't have to do with driving. They have to do with animals. The pro to being on the left is that it is better for a person who is riding in a carriage or coach or buggy or wagon behind a team of animals and using a whip to drive them. The pro to being on the right is that it is better for a person on foot who is using a rope to lead an animal. These were the major factors when the decisions were first made.
At this point, because there are relatively few animals in the streets, it doesn't make much difference.
However, it would definitely be safer to have everyone drive on the same side -- either side -- worldwide, instead of using one side in some countries and the other side in other countries.
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- ErikLv 71 year ago
try it and see
- FlagMichaelLv 71 year ago
In 1967 Sweden changed from driving on the left to driving on the right. There was a short-lived improvement in traffic safety as people got used to the "new normal" and then the numbers returned to normal. There is no clear advantage in driving on the left or right sides of the road.
- JetDocLv 71 year ago
MOST humans have BINOCULAR vision, which means they can see equally well with BOTH eyes. You NEED to use BOTH eyes to properly judge distances while driving.
It doesn't really matter WHICH side of the road you drive on, as long as everyone else drives on the SAME SIDE!