If observed in several parts of the world there are differences in vehicle lane position. This position is left-driving countries, namely the left vehicle lane with the right steering wheel and right-driving countries which is the right lane of the vehicle so that the steering position is on the left.
Some countries that implement the steering position on the right are Indonesia, Japan, Britain, and several British colonies such as Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, India and others. Meanwhile, some countries with left-hand steering are applied by the majority of European countries, America, and several countries in Asia such as China.
The steering position in England was influenced by the history of the war chariots of ancient knights who had to fight swords using their right hand. This automatically affects the sitting position of the knight who must be on the right.
Not much different, the left steering position also has its own history. In the 1700s to transport agricultural produce in France and the United States, a kind of sado or cart was pulled using a horse. The position of the coachman / sais is on the left so that his right hand can freely whip the horse. This has an impact on the implementation of the right lane so the coach can monitor the movement of the cart from the left.
Although not included in the British colonies, the adjustment of regulation and left-driving infrastructure in Indonesia was influenced by the Japanese and Dutch colonial times. Formerly the Dutch applied the right steering wheel position before finally being defeated by France and moving the steering wheel. (AS)