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Which Side of the Road Do You Drive On?

In Australia we drive on the left side of the road. The decision on which side of the road to use was made in the early 19th century by Governor Lachlan Macquarie following the British practice. New Zealand drives on the left too, also owing to its British colonial heritage. Most former British colonies, with some exceptions, drive on the left side of the road.

The United States of America was once a British colony too. During the American colonial days, the French colonies kept to the right and all the other colonies kept to the left. It wasn't until after 1813 that the USA formalized driving on the right. Today all US states and territories except the US Virgin Islands drive on the right.

In driving on the left side of the road, the cars are built so that the driver sits on the right-hand side of the car or truck. The opposite is true for driving on the right side of the road.

81 Countries Driving
on the Left Side
177 Countries Driving on the Right Side
  Anguilla     Abu Dhabi Kyrgyzstan
  Antigua and Barbuda   Afghanistan Laos
  Australia   Albania Latvia
  Bahamas   Algeria Lebanon
  Bangladesh   American Samoa Liberia
  Barbados   Andorra Libya
  Bermuda   Angola Liechtenstein
  Bhutan   Argentina Lithuania
  Botswana   Armenia Luxembourg
  Brunei   Aruba Macedonia
  Cayman Islands   Austria Madagascar
  Channel Islands   Azerbaijan Madeira
  Christmas Island   Azores Mali
  Cocos (Keeling) Islands   Bahrain Marshall Islands
  Cook Islands   Balearic Islands Martinique
  Cyprus   Belarus Mauritania
  Dominica   Belgium Mayotte
  East Timor   Belize Mexico
  England   Benin Micronesia
  Falkland Islands   Bolivia Moldova
  Fiji   Bonaire Monaco
  Grenada   Bosnia & Herzegovina Mongolia
  Guernsey   Brazil Montenegro
  Guyana   Bulgaria Morocco
  Hong Kong   Burkina Faso New Caledonia
  India   Burma Nicaragua
  Indonesia   Burundi Niger
  Ireland (Eire)   Cambodia Nigeria
  Ireland, Northern   Cameroon N Mariana Islands
  Isle of Man   Canada North Korea
  Jamaica   Canary Islands Norway
  Japan   Cape Verde Oman
  Jersey   Central African Republic Palau
  Kenya   Chad Panama
  Kiribati   Chile Paraguay
  Lesotho   China Peru
  Macau   Colombia Philippines
  Malawi   Comoros Poland
  Malaysia   Congo Portugal
  Maldives   Costa Rica Puerto Rico
  Malta   Croatia Qatar
  Mauritius   Cuba Réunion
  Montserrat   Curaçao Romania
  Mozambique   Czech Republic Russia
  Namibia   Denmark Rwanda
  Nauru   Djibouti Saba
  Nepal   Dominican Republic Saint Barthélemy
  New Zealand   Dubai Saint Martin
  Niue   Ecuador Sint Eustatius
  Norfolk Island   Egypt Sint Maarten
  Northern Ireland   El Salvador San Marino
  Pakistan   Eritrea São Tomé & Príncipe
  Papua New Guinea   Estonia Saudi Arabia
  Pitcairn Islands   Ethiopia Senegal
  Saint Helena   Faeroe Islands Serbia
  Saint Kitts & Nevis   Finland Sierra Leone
  Saint Lucia   France Slovakia
  Saint Vincent & Grenadines   French Guiana Slovenia
  Samoa   French Polynesia Somalia
  Scotland   Gabon Somaliland
  Seychelles   Gambia South Korea
  Singapore   Gaza South Sudan
  Solomon Islands   Georgia Spain
  South Africa   Germany Sudan
  Sri Lanka   Ghana Sweden
  Suriname   Gibraltar Switzerland
  Swaziland   Greece Syria
  Tanzania   Greenland Tahiti
  Thailand   Guadeloupe Taiwan
  Tokelau   Guam Tajikistan
  Trinidad & Tobago   Guatemala Togo
  Turks and Caicos Islands   Guinea Tonga
  Tuvalu   Haiti Tunisia
  Uganda   Holland (Netherlands) Turkey
  Virgin Islands (British)   Honduras Turkmenistan
  Virgin Islands (USA)   Hungary Ukraine
  Wales   Iceland United Arab Emirates
  Zambia   Iran USA
  Zimbabwe   Iraq Uruguay
      Israel Uzbekistan
      Italy Vanuatu
      Ivory Coast Venezuela
      Jordan Vietnam
      Kazakhstan Wallis and Futuna
      Korea, North West Bank
      Korea, South Western Sahara
      Kosovo Yemen
      Kuwait  
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