I've heard several stories and theories about switching the steering column to the left side. Here's another one, by Henry Ford:
How dare Henry defy our King!!!God Save The King!!!Rule Britannia!!! Thank God the British Commonwealth retained its sanity and remained loyal to the King and country!!!
For the record Edward VII was the first monarch to drive in automobiles, Daimler and Vauxhall were popular marques with the British Royal Family, but it was Daimler that were awarded a Royal Warrant in 1902.
I believe Daimler, or its modern derivative, still supply some cars for the Royal Family to use to this day.
would have been easier just to drive on the other side of the road.
Exactly Ken !
I didn't realize there were so many communist countries
I thought they were Republican.
I had assumed that the reason the early cars in North America were right hand drive was that teamsters driving wagons etc sat on the right so that they could get out on the curb and also see where the ditch was when driving. The horses would avoid oncoming traffic so that side wasn't a great concern. I had no idea it related to foreign cars being right hand drive. When did Germany, France etc start to drive on the right?
Ken, unfortunately with the EU and Obama you might not be all that far from the truth.
Thank you for sharing this. It adds to my own research on the subject, the results of which will appear in the book. And, if the publisher rejects it (as the book is the New Zealand story and my LHD research relates to the global story), I'll float it here first.
Best wishes - John