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Hi all, why do we drive on the left on the road but chug on the right on the river?
sensible {Hmm}answers please.
Apart from yachts that get in every ones way.
thats torn it.
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Interesting point, I am guessing because the majority of the world drives on the right. Another strange one is that the trains in the UK use the left hand tracks, however in Italy where they drive on the right the trains also use the left hand tracks  Confused

Keith

PS no I'm not a train spotter  Smile

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At last, a chance to show my true colours, and that I do actually know something. Although I fear I may only be able to help on one of the questions.According to my brain (prior to doing some research), we drive on the left after ye olde days where jousting etc took place where the majority of people were right handed  and so the right side (which held the sword/ jousting pole) would be kept most accessible and facing towards the *opponent* or potential danger if you were just on the road. For a clearer explanation of why we drive on the left go here and it makes a little more sense http://www.amphicars.com/acleft.htm

I may pop back later if I try and avoid my dissertation some more, with an answer on the river bit!


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Nah, had enough of looking, although I have a hunch that the river part may (?) be something to do with canal boats and tow paths where horses were used but I could be way off the mark! Confused

However, on a side note, I did find out that on the Yangtze River in China, it has only been 2 years that they have had the stay right rule! Now we are all enlightened! :O) http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/en/doc/2003-11/10/content_280268.htm

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There is no straight answer to this one it seems!

One theory is that most people in olden days were right handed or taught to be right handed.  If you were steering/propelling a punt along you would possibly prefer to sit on the right hand side to steer with your pole.

Therefore you would have to keep to the right so that it would be easier to reach the bank.

Makes sense I suppose!



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Cheers Tuppence i am even more confused now.
are you enjoying the site?

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Enjoying the site too much Roya!!

I'll get the sack soon if I don't get some work done.  

Why can't I be a Broads Tourist Guide or something like that???  

The inside of a warehouse isn't exactly inspiring if you know what I mean but it ensures that I'm sure to appreciate the Broads even more each weekend!

One Day...........

Christina

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Hi Christina try our chat room its just Spot on for decent folk and we do tend to be a little daft . i am on at the moment so come on if you can and say hi

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Indeed Hawk.. It's down to shipping regs.

BANB 1995 is your international regs with some extras stuck in which are appropriate to the Broads.

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