Driving on the “right” side of the road


When we moved to Kenya in 2009, one of the challenges was learning to drive on the left.  The most difficult parts of that transition were learning to feel the edge of the road and remembering to pick the correct lane when turning onto new roads. It’s a skill we were thankful to have already acquired when we moved to South Africa, which is also a left-side drive country.  Kenya and South Africa are two of the 14 countries in Africa which drive on the left.  The remaining 41 countries all drive on the right.

Countries_driving_on_the_left_or_rightMap created by Benjamin Esham

In the world 76 countries drive on the left and 164 countries drive on the right.  Countries where traffic flows on the left include several island nations and island territories in Europe and North America, a portion of the in countries Africa, most of the countries in the Pacific, and a few countries in Asia and South America.

Which side of the road do you drive on?

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3 thoughts on “Driving on the “right” side of the road

  1. In Myanmar, they drive on the right side of the road, but they use vehicles that have the steering wheel on the right side of the vehicle instead of the left. Makes for an interesting experience as the passenger! :)

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