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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