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Some countries drive on the right hand side, others drive on the left. But have you ever wondered why? It isn’t arbitrary- there are concrete reasons and a documented history for why we drive the way we do. Join Nolan Sykes as he explores the history and traditions of driving on the left and the right. It turns out, it has very little to do with cars. BONUS FACT: Archaeologists found a Roman quarry in Swindon, England dating back to 100 A.D. Ruts in the road leading away from the quarry were deeper than the ones leading to it, because of the heavier loads in the carts. These deeper ruts were on the left! WheelHouse answers all the questions about the automotive world you never thought to ask. Nolan Sykes looks at the history, sociology and psychology behind the cars you love, and the features you might overlook. Check out more Donut Media Videos: of our best videos ever are coming out soon, stay tuned so you won't miss a thing! ►Subscribe here: us on Facebook: here if you want to learn more about Donut Media: Media is at the center of digital media for the next generation of automotive and motorsports enthusiasts. We are drivers, drifters, and car enthusiasts who love to tell stories.
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NickPDX22
NickPDX22

Right side in a left side world = *Gangster AF*

2018-02-26
El_De_La_Lobo
El_De_La_Lobo

IM SO DAMN CONFUSED

2018-02-27
Donut Media
Donut Media

Hey everyone just to clarify, we messed up on our graphic of Southeast Asia; Papau New Guinea,The Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Fiji and Singapore all drive on the left hand side. Sorry about that!

2018-02-26
DaBrute
DaBrute

middle-hand drive because McLaren F1...

2018-02-26
JDMxManuel
JDMxManuel

I drive in the middle. Deal with it!

2018-02-26
masul cover
masul cover

Indonesian people use right steer in the left road.

2018-03-04
fed Z
fed Z

Lmfao the first 10 seconds were hilarious

2018-02-27
Berserk Garage
Berserk Garage

My favourite American Horse Carriage was the one that came out with 4 Mustang power at all 16 Hoofs.

2018-02-26
Matt Yaqin
Matt Yaqin

Yeah JDM...

2018-02-26
Bsteg Media
Bsteg Media

So here we got: 12 inches in a foot 3 feet in a yard 5280 feet in a mile 32 fahrenheight is freezing 212 fahrenheight is boiling And there they have: 1000meters in a kilometer 10 milimeters in a centimeter 0 celcius is freezing 100 celcius is boiling *Just why America???*

2018-02-26
Markus Hackl
Markus Hackl

Donut>Carthrottle

2018-02-26
Antti Synkkanen
Antti Synkkanen

Any left handed people here?

2018-02-26
Riza Wibawa
Riza Wibawa

Dude, at 4:40 southeast asia colored blue which mean drive on the right side from what you're saying.. but truly most of southeast asia are a left side driving, like Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, etc..

2018-02-26
Angus Rankin
Angus Rankin

I prefer driving rhd cars simply for one reason, I'm right handed. I keep my most dominant hand on the steering while my less dominant hand changes gears.

2018-02-26
Cian Byrne
Cian Byrne

Stop labelling Ireland as England we don’t label Canada as America

2018-02-26
Daniel
Daniel

but there is no reason why you shouldn't go metric

2018-02-27
James
James

Don't start with this shit lol. you lot are 242 years old as the States, we've been doing it right in Scotland for 933 years more than you have XD . Na seriously kudos on the video as always chaps =) keep 'em coming!

2018-02-26
jarupongch
jarupongch

Living both in U.S.A and Thailand, I find driving on the left to be easier

2018-02-26
pablo _valencia
pablo _valencia

Ahh but what about driving in the middle hmmmmm🤔😑😑

2018-02-26
ZepTob Gurning
ZepTob Gurning

indonesia drive on the left so the cars is rhd not lhd

2018-02-26
Mike Hunt
Mike Hunt

So what you're saying is that we need to invade England and Australia and force them to drive on the right? I gotcha

2018-02-26
Trystan-
Trystan-

Metric ftw

2018-02-26
bernard_hossmoto
bernard_hossmoto

Great clip! We Austrians drove on the left until Hitler came in 1938 and made us drive on the right. Some trains still run on the left track, though.

2018-02-26
dr_scream
dr_scream

Most Asian country driving on left side of the road

2018-02-26
BufferHater
BufferHater

Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia are driving on the left, but you put the wrong colour

2018-02-26
BennysBenz
BennysBenz

You know my wife?!

2018-02-26
Giovanni Settonni
Giovanni Settonni

How a carbureted engine works

2018-02-26
Brian KongNam
Brian KongNam

Donut > CT simply bec of daily uploads!!!!

2018-02-26
Hamizan Harith
Hamizan Harith

You mean why other countries drive the right way

2018-02-26
Buomkuoth Dobuony
Buomkuoth Dobuony

Even though my nose is stuffed I too smell what The Rock is cooking

2018-02-26
Steed Schemes
Steed Schemes

Mondays are even better with this channel 💯

2018-02-26
manas sridhar
manas sridhar

Jdm gems forever.......

2018-02-26
ryda180
ryda180

Left hand drive is better. No need for debate, it's settled.

2018-02-26
BmxDieseldude
BmxDieseldude

As a mailman: right hand drive in a right lane world isn't all that strange after the first few times. Starts to feel fairly normal. Occasionally I'll find myself riding a little close to the yellow line but it's not some constant thing you have to monitor. The hardest part of it is intersections that join at steep angles. Say the road your on intersects another road at a 30 degree angle and you want to go right. you have to stay to the way right of the lane, then nearing the end of the road your on, cut the wheel all the way to the left and creep up so you can see, then cut all the way back to the right to make the turn. Gets old sort of quick. (P.s. if you're ever behind a mailman whose setup like this, DO NOT PASS HIM ON THE RIGHT JUST BECAUSE HE MAY HAVE LEFT SPACE) That and merging onto highways can be rough if your mirrors aren't set up perfect... mixed with a total lack of acceleration can make a scary situation. And this is coming from a guy who dailys a Mercedes 240d.

2018-02-27
Im Lime
Im Lime

And it's thanks to that why Ireland has so many Japanese Imports and such a big jap car culture

2018-02-26
Rangga Bena
Rangga Bena

I’m from Indonesia. I just want to clarify that even we used to under the Dutch, we drive RHD car, but your illustration map says we drive the LHD car. Cheers mate!

2018-02-26
Luka Ohagei
Luka Ohagei

When did cars start looking "cool"?

2018-02-26
Diganta Biswas
Diganta Biswas

I'm an Indian and I drive a Right hand drive car

2018-02-26
Dar Paz
Dar Paz

Oh, you still cal him The Rock? HE IS THE ROCK

2018-02-26
Typical Gang
Typical Gang

We drive on the right like REAL people

2018-02-26
Cosmo Manningham-Buller
Cosmo Manningham-Buller

Rome didn’t own Britain they owned England not Scotland

2018-03-04
Jerrypintoswe
Jerrypintoswe

I am Swedish and i approve of this

2018-02-26
Tee Jay
Tee Jay

*Don't assume my mail delivering genderrrrrr!!*

2018-02-27
Lowes48fan
Lowes48fan

USA drives on the right side. UK drives on the left. Patrick Star drives on the Weast side

2018-02-27
Larry Chaitu
Larry Chaitu

RHD 4 life

2018-02-26
Last First
Last First

In Europe in some context we do still continue to use inches as well: - size of wheels of cars: 16 inch, 17 inch, or if you have big wheels : 19 or 20 inch! These numbers are NEVER with comma, you don't have 16.5 inch wheels, or 18.2 wheels, you have 16 or 18 (or other sizes) - television and other screens : these however are often with a comma, that is for the smaller ones, like 5.7 inch, 3.4 inch. But your television is 32 inch, or 27, or 45.

2018-03-31
Jake Stewart
Jake Stewart

canada is just like the states we were a british colony except for quebec

2018-03-16
Speedy Spartan
Speedy Spartan

I like driving on the left side of the car because I'm right handed so I can shift faster and more accurately in manual cars.

2018-02-26
Inseficient
Inseficient

Oof

2018-02-26
Panji Asmoro
Panji Asmoro

American drive in the right road side and in the left stiring because american dont drive manual. Sory, uper australia Island is indonesia. That left side.

2018-02-27
Mr Henderson
Mr Henderson

Wow I never thought a car channel would give a history class lol 😂

2018-02-27
Daniel Spooner
Daniel Spooner

No. We drive on the right side of the road, wait no left. What? Yeah you guys are wrong and we are right in England

2018-02-26
ivcars003
ivcars003

Car Air - Condition history ?

2018-02-27
Mike's L4IR
Mike's L4IR

Why do you keep using old measuring system? Almost 90% of the planet use Km, meters, kilogram, Celsius yet American use the dumbest ones

2018-03-14
Kingkthewildone
Kingkthewildone

What are the fastest police cars and slowest

2018-02-26
Despicable Me
Despicable Me

"Making America great again"

2018-02-26
Ryukachoo
Ryukachoo

Interesting how the falcon heavy is now an AMERICUH thing, showing up in little montages like this

2018-02-26
Armour Shooter
Armour Shooter

So basically what started this are horses... I drive on the left hand side in a right hand drive ;P

2018-02-26
James Kovolenus
James Kovolenus

Best way to start the week is with Donut Media

2018-02-26
VenomGT87
VenomGT87

How about just because is “right” lmao

2018-02-26
El_De_La_Lobo
El_De_La_Lobo

DO UP TO SPEED WITH A LAWN MOWER

2018-02-27
Rohan sridhar
Rohan sridhar

A TRUE ROCK FAN

2018-02-26
XIV
XIV

upside down drive

2018-02-27
Mino Assal
Mino Assal

glad you answered that question but I still wonder... wHeN wIlL wE HaVe FlYiNg cArS!?

2018-02-26
GhostInATopHat
GhostInATopHat

IT SAID 7 VIEWS BUT I DRIVE ON LEFT THOUGH LOL

2018-02-26
Bill Papakyriakou
Bill Papakyriakou

Like for Europe.

2018-02-26
the carnama cars
the carnama cars

This channel is my favourite this question is my life biggest question thanks for answering it a viewed from India

2018-02-26
Vithursan B
Vithursan B

LHD or RHD?

2018-02-26
amal satroya
amal satroya

rhd steering wheel

2018-02-26
Brodie Bennett
Brodie Bennett

South African here... I prefer driving on the left, but because I'm left-handed I should technically driven on the right (dominant eye science stuff). Most importantly though, LHD or RHD, I can use all 3 pedals, that weird wheel thing, and the stick in the middle!

2018-02-26
My name is J
My name is J

Nukeclear bom

2018-02-26
tim marnell
tim marnell

loved it!

2018-02-26
Joseph Hamilton
Joseph Hamilton

“We don’t care about your metric system” even though the entire world except the US has it

2018-02-27
MFNovaldo
MFNovaldo

You color SEA blue instead of Red,nice video nonetheless

2018-02-26
Its MAGIC
Its MAGIC

During the age of the manual transmission why didnt they switch to driving on the left? since the majority of people are right handed it makes sense that you would take your weak hand off the wheel to shift gears rather than your dominant hand because you will have more control over the vehicle.

2018-03-14
Muffin Racing
Muffin Racing

I pay taxes on both sides, I'll use whatever I want

2018-02-27
symmetry08
symmetry08

There is one big advantages of driver seating on left that is when collision happens and you injured then your left hand is disabled not right.

2018-04-06
Λᴍɪᴛ Nᴀɢᴀʀ
Λᴍɪᴛ Nᴀɢᴀʀ

Israel was a British colony and the roads are like in the U. S.

2018-02-26
Trump-a-tron 5000
Trump-a-tron 5000

that intro tho..... wow... xD

2018-06-19
kryslewin4
kryslewin4

This was super informative, awesome video.

2018-02-26
kbGamer
kbGamer

left side of the road

2018-02-27
BringIt96
BringIt96

I think it was also to do with eye sight back in the day. Most people right eye dominant so if you're on the left you can see the right hand side better. Cool video though!

2018-02-26
Hasan Al-habbobi
Hasan Al-habbobi

Simple. We drive on the right side because its the RIGHT side.

2018-02-27
kpark8k
kpark8k

Awesome research!

2018-02-27
Shona
Shona

You really ought to change the title, it might trigger a few people.

2018-02-26
TomsFruitStand
TomsFruitStand

Murica! Fuck yea!

2018-02-26
EZ Assegai
EZ Assegai

We drive on the right side because it is the right side. Oh and we are not stupid , thats why.

2018-04-28
zeroproof
zeroproof

It's still tricky when you're from a left hand drive country but you're walking in a right hand side city. I have to constantly remind myself.

2018-04-22
SublimeC88
SublimeC88

Great historical information!!

2018-02-26
David Olmedo
David Olmedo

Ahhaha it's not hoger, it's HÖGER... It sounded like you said hoger...

2018-06-12
Kucik Kucik
Kucik Kucik

I smell donuts..

2018-02-27
Christopher Paz Lopez
Christopher Paz Lopez

Great video

2018-02-27
Ivan Hernandez
Ivan Hernandez

USA*

2018-02-27
Michael Jordon
Michael Jordon

who doesn't smell what the rock is cookin

2018-02-27
E36 M3
E36 M3

What about Bolivia they drive on the left side and using left hand cars . Because it matters for them to see the end of the road rather than the oncoming traffic.

2018-02-26
mewrongway
mewrongway

Some drive with the steering wheel on the Right so they can see whats at the bottom of the cliff that there about to drive off of!

2018-02-27
Figge Berglund
Figge Berglund

Högertrafikomläggningen in Sweden started with a test period of four weeks. Durning thouse first four weeks onley trycks and buses drove on the right side. When it turned out to work fine, even the private traffic changed side. Safety first is a Swedish motto.

2018-04-03
ceecrb1
ceecrb1

England != united kingdom

2018-02-27
Tutankhamun1333
Tutankhamun1333

In Australia we drive both LHD and RHD in the left lane going down and right lane coming back up.

2018-02-27
az zahar
az zahar

How come you're cuter than your dad?

2018-02-26