Driving direction: 1919 vs 2019

In 1919, 104 of the world’s territories were left-hand traffic and an equal number were right-hand traffic. From 1919 to 1986, 34 of the left-hand traffic territories switched to right-hand traffic.

Left- and right-hand traffic in Europe
European countries with left-hand traffic (1922): United Kingdom, Ireland, Portuguese, Swiss, Czechia, Hungary

From 1919 to 1986, 34 of the left-hand traffic territories switched to right-hand traffic territories. Now right-hand traffic is used in 163 countries and territories, with the remaining 76 countries and territories using left-hand traffic.┬áCountries that use left-hand traffic account for about a sixth of the world’s area and a quarter of its roads.

Countries driving on the left or right in the world
Countries by handedness of traffic (2019): Right-hand traffic – red color, Left-hand traffic – blue color
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