September is the month that marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. In many countries, for families with children, September also means "back to school."
As kids get ready to return to classes, parents around the world worry about their safety andthem traffic. "Don't forget to look both ways before you the street," they warn.
This advice is especially important when you travel overseas. Why? Because in different countries, cars drive on different sides of the road.
I still remember the time I almost got killed when I forgot this important fact! I was visiting a small town in England and was about to cross the road. For some reason, I had forgotten I was in a foreign country.
I looked left, as I would back in Canada, to check forcars. The road was , so I the street. At that moment, a car me from the right. Luckily, the British driver . It was only later that I realized how close I'd come to getting killed!
Everybody knows that cars in Japan drive on the left. What about other countries? Itcars drive on the right in about 65 percent of the world's nations and on the left in about 35 percent.
Regions where trafficinclude North America, South America and Europe. Regions where cars keep to the left include Southeast Asia and such as India, Pakistan, Jamaica, Australia and New Zealand. The only major country in Europe where cars drive on the left is the United Kingdom.
Has any country ever changed its direction of driving?, yes! One example is Sweden. Until 1967, drivers drove on the left like in Japan. Then, in September of that year, the whole nation changed direction and began driving on the right. How did they do it?
A major campaign was held to prepare Swedish people for what was called "." Signs were put up to warn drivers to drive on the right. were printed on and women's underwear. Swedish TV and radio stations a catchy pop song called Let's All Drive on the Right, !
Then, at 6 a.m. on September 3rd, drivers all over the nation carefully changed lanes, from left to right, then continued driving on the other side of the road. The switch went so well that onlyaccidents were reported. Afterward, the number of traffic accidents actually as people drove more carefully until they got used to the new system.
So, when traveling overseas, don't forget! Look both ways when you cross the street and don't forget which side of the road the cars drive on.
The Japan Times ST: September 25, 2015