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PHOTOS: Sweden 1967 ... Traffic Flow Switched From Left Side Driving To Right Side Driving
Retronaut ^ | 3rd September 1967 | Retronaut

Posted on 06/06/2013 7:22:11 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right

Traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right

3rd September 1967:

Traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right

“Dagen H (H day) was the day on which traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right. The change was widely unpopular, The campaign included displaying the Dagen H logo on various commemorative items, including milk cartons, men’s shorts and women’s underwear. Swedish television held a contest for songs about the change; the winning entry was Håll dig till höger, Svensson (‘Keep to the right, Svensson’) by Rock-Boris.”

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KEYWORDS: 1967; cars; consequences; crash; dagenh; modernhistory; socialengineering; sweden; swedish; traffic
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1 posted on 06/06/2013 7:22:11 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping


2 posted on 06/06/2013 7:22:35 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Cracked.com?


3 posted on 06/06/2013 7:25:52 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: LukeL

That site is run by a bunch of liberal toons.


4 posted on 06/06/2013 7:32:20 PM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: DogByte6RER

Good start for Sweden.

Now, time to switch from left side politics to right side politics.


5 posted on 06/06/2013 7:32:43 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: DogByte6RER

They should have eased into the switch by having the cars drive on the left and trucks on the right. (cough cough)


6 posted on 06/06/2013 7:33:39 PM PDT by llevrok (How hot does the water need to get before the frog should jump out?)
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To: llevrok

I recall when that happened in Eastern Kentucky ~ at night! WITH NO HEADLIGHTS EITHER


7 posted on 06/06/2013 7:39:22 PM PDT by muawiyah (Git yer Red Arm Bands here - $29.95 - NOT SOLD IN STORES - TAX FREE)
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To: DogByte6RER
What's odd is that when in a country where they drive on the "wrong" side of the road people also tend to use the same pattern in shops and on the sidewalks.

In the US we tend to stay to the right when going down a supermarket isle or walking on the sidewalk... it's just the opposite somewhere like Britain.

Push your grocery trolley down the right side of the supermarket isle in London and you will cause a pile up :-)

8 posted on 06/06/2013 7:47:49 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: DogByte6RER; 1234; A knight without armor; afraidfortherepublic; AIM-54; Allan; american colleen; ..
Ping to the Swedish Ping List.
9 posted on 06/06/2013 7:48:07 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: DogByte6RER; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

BAD IDEERS PING!


10 posted on 06/06/2013 7:50:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Did the driving patterns that emerged after the automobile became popular (affordable) reflect the patterns that horse and buggy traffic was using?


11 posted on 06/06/2013 8:03:54 PM PDT by Misterioso (It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing - Duke Ellington)
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To: Misterioso

If you look it up, 60% of the world’s population drives on the right, and 40% on the left, mostly because China drives on the left.

I’ve never had to drive on the left myself, but its scared the holy hell out of me in several Caribbean countries, especially when heading into a roundabout.


12 posted on 06/06/2013 8:10:54 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Misterioso

Actually, that’s a darn good question.


13 posted on 06/06/2013 8:11:34 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Can I get on this list?


14 posted on 06/06/2013 8:12:46 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Sherman Logan

There are plenty of early photographs of pre-automobile traffic in American cities. I haven’t paid attention, I guess.


15 posted on 06/06/2013 8:20:36 PM PDT by Misterioso (It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing - Duke Ellington)
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To: Sherman Logan
but its scared the holy hell out of me in several Caribbean

e.g. US Virgin Islands.

Drive on the left with left hand cars (wheel closest to the shoulder). Now that's a seat biter!

16 posted on 06/06/2013 8:21:25 PM PDT by llevrok (How hot does the water need to get before the frog should jump out?)
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To: Bobalu

It’s really not that difficult to switch. When driving, just make sure the driver is toward the middle of the road and the passengers are on the side of the road.

I make the switch frequently. I am a US citizen and I work in Indonesia. The only problems occur is when there is no other traffic on the road.

You should see my kids though when I drive on the left in the US. They really hollar at me, “MOM GET OVER YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE!!!!” Me: “NO ONE ELSE IS AROUND. WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?” I try to do that at least once when I’m in the states.


17 posted on 06/06/2013 8:23:37 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: DogByte6RER

Sorta reminds one of Massachusetts, where everyone drives in the middle.


18 posted on 06/06/2013 8:27:37 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Misterioso
Napoleon made it a law to ride on the right. That is why the British ride on the left side.

But it probably is as old as roads. Also ships have similar rules.

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19 posted on 06/06/2013 8:40:09 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Sherman Logan
China drives on the left

Nope. Japan does. From the air, I think Japan look a lot like England, except the pattern of the fields is more regular. The similarity is spooky for the brief period of time between when you can see traffic moving on the left side of the road, and when you can see the Japanese writing on bill boards and buildings.

Of course every Englishman and every Japanese I have ever mentioned that too has taken offense...

20 posted on 06/06/2013 8:46:57 PM PDT by Pilsner
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To: Sherman Logan
If you look it up, 60% of the world’s population drives on the right, and 40% on the left, mostly because China drives on the left.

China does not.

21 posted on 06/06/2013 8:57:55 PM PDT by Teacher317 (Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast)
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To: Bobalu

I think I read here on FR that we drive on the Right because the Brits drove on the Left.

It started with Horse Drawn Wagons in the Cities after the Revolutionary War.

I cannot imagine driving a Stick and shifting with my Left Hand. As far as I’m concerned, it’s against Nature. LOL


22 posted on 06/06/2013 9:26:32 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (The Democrat Party, making Treason mainstream for over fifty years...)
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To: Sherman Logan
I’ve never had to drive on the left myself, but its scared the holy hell out of me in several Caribbean countries, especially when heading into a roundabout.

I lived in England for about a year in my mid thirties, and had to learn to drive on the left. Only had a couple of scares, but when I came home and got into my American car, the first thing I did was --- you guessed it --- I pulled right into oncoming traffic.

Thank goodness the opposing traffic was stuck behind a red light about a block away!

23 posted on 06/06/2013 9:32:51 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: DogByte6RER

And then, of course, there are those countries where people drive anywhere and anyway they feel like. And those are scary, scary places...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz5uxAsrbwI


24 posted on 06/06/2013 9:35:40 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Kickass Conservative
I cannot imagine driving a Stick and shifting with my Left Hand. As far as I’m concerned, it’s against Nature. LOL

First time I ever drove a right driver car on the left hand side of the road was in England. It was an old Toyota stick shift sedan. Man, it was completely weird shifting with my left hand. Thank goodness the pedals were in the standard configuration.

If there'd been the slightest bit of traffic that night, I don't think I would have made it.

25 posted on 06/06/2013 9:37:40 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

As dumb as this sounds, I could never live where they drive on the Left side of the road.

Then again, I wouldn’t live where I was unable to own Firearms either.

Rules out a whole bunch of places. Next stop Wyoming.


26 posted on 06/06/2013 9:42:03 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (The Democrat Party, making Treason mainstream for over fifty years...)
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To: Kickass Conservative
As dumb as this sounds, I could never live where they drive on the Left side of the road.

I get ya, but you get used to it if you live in such a place long enough. Just conditioning, I guess.

A word of advice... If you're ever visiting a country where they drive on the left, look BOTH ways before stepping off the curb. I once got hit by a passing car in London because I instinctively looked to the left as I was stepping into an intersection. I never saw the car coming from the right.

27 posted on 06/06/2013 10:04:24 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Sherman Logan
I’ve never had to drive on the left myself, but its scared the holy hell out of me in several Caribbean countries, especially when heading into a roundabout.

If you want to test your driving nerve, try driving an English country road at night time. They wind, they are lined with hedges so you can't see what's coming around the bend, and English drivers are impatient. They are right up your ass if you don't drive fast enough. Oh, least I forget you drive on the wrong side of the road. And to add to the challenge, English roads are about 60 percent the width of American roads.

28 posted on 06/06/2013 10:21:40 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: DogByte6RER
I was stationed in Okinawa when they switched from the right side to the wrong side. On July 30, 1978 they simply shut the entire island down to all vehicle traffic and moved all the road signs. It actually went pretty smoothly, but now we had to adjust to driving on the wrong side of the road. I still have my 7/30 Day t-shirt.
29 posted on 06/06/2013 10:36:55 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: Windflier

I was in London exactly eight hours on a layover back in 1990.

Went to Piccadilly, took a Bus Tour, hit a Pub and then back to the Airport. Come to think of it, I had a bite at a Taco Bell, couldn’t stomach the English Food they served at the Pub. I’m a real Anthony Bourdain, NOT.

I will heed your advice should I ever return there, which isn’t likely with the Muzzie takeover of the Once Great Britian.

Vacation destination choices are getting very slim nowadays.


30 posted on 06/06/2013 10:43:41 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (The Democrat Party, making Treason mainstream for over fifty years...)
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To: Sherman Logan

India drives on the left. China drives on the right.


31 posted on 06/06/2013 10:52:42 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

After driving in India for 3 years now, shifting with my left hand is not as bad as I thought. Many English drivers point out that, at least for those who are right-handed, shifting with your non-dominant hand means you can control the vehicle better, and I have found there to be some truth in that.

I still get the occasional “this is completely wrong” feeling when driving though.


32 posted on 06/06/2013 10:59:21 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Windflier

“Assho*%@le!!!!!!”


33 posted on 06/06/2013 11:20:14 PM PDT by Defiant (The answer to Francis Scott Key's question is: No, it does not. That land is no more.)
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To: LukeL

I remember hearing from a guy years ago, probably in the 80s or late 70s, that he was in Sweden that day, and it was crazy.

In fact I didn’t remember it was Sweden, just that it was some Scandinavian country.


34 posted on 06/06/2013 11:32:31 PM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: Bobalu
"What's odd is that when in a country where they drive on the "wrong" side of the road people also tend to use the same pattern in shops and on the sidewalks.

In the US we tend to stay to the right when going down a supermarket isle or walking on the sidewalk... it's just the opposite somewhere like Britain."

When I push my cart down the left side of the aisle I often get a very annoyed glare from the greatly inconvenienced person coming the other way.

35 posted on 06/06/2013 11:45:09 PM PDT by pigsmith (Now I understand why America is not mentioned in the end times.)
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To: Little Pig

Got it.

Apparently misremembered.


36 posted on 06/07/2013 2:00:29 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Kickass Conservative
I cannot imagine driving a Stick and shifting with my Left Hand. As far as I’m concerned, it’s against Nature. LOL

It's not really that big of a deal.

It helps that you are sitting on the right side. You just need to remember that you, as the driver, need to be closest to the middle of the road. As for shifting, it's a relatively low-resolution problem. Your left hand will do fine.

Over the course of a few hours, I once went from driving an automatic compact in Boston to driving a four-speed diesel 17-passenger van in the UK. Picked up the rental at Heathrow and drove it west to Wales and all around. No problem. And I'm a total schlub at such things.

Gallons to liters and GBP to USD did have an interesting effect on the AX card, however.

37 posted on 06/07/2013 2:22:24 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

You forgot to mention that English country roads undulate in width, never quite making it to a full two lanes and often narrowing to a car’s breadth.

Protip: never play chicken with farm vehicles. They will pitilessly mow you down....


38 posted on 06/07/2013 2:24:41 AM PDT by Eepsy
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To: riri

This list belongs to Charles Henrickson. Write to him. In the mean time, I’ll put you on my copy.


39 posted on 06/07/2013 3:06:36 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Bobalu

I think that is perfectly natural, a convention.

In the Navy: “General Quarters, General Quarters! All hands man your battle stations. Up and forward to starboard, down and aft to port...”


40 posted on 06/07/2013 3:31:43 AM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: Jack Hammer
No, no, no...they don't drive in the middle, that is the FINGER in the middle...


41 posted on 06/07/2013 3:35:03 AM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: Kickass Conservative
I think I read here on FR that we drive on the Right because the Brits drove on the Left.

It started with Horse Drawn Wagons in the Cities after the Revolutionary War.

Merrycan drivers sat in the proper place and drove on the proper side of the road all through the 19th century and into the early auto era


42 posted on 06/07/2013 3:54:47 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the blind obedience of fools - Solon, Lawmaker of Athens)
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To: Jemian

I work in a surface mine with left-hand traffic, and switch over every day at the gate. The mine roads are unpaved, so I seldom find myself driving on the wrong side on pavement, but I often drive to the left on dirt roads now. Around here, though, most of the other people driving on the back roads also work at the mine, so they’re likely to be on the wrong side too, and it all works out.


43 posted on 06/07/2013 4:37:39 AM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: Windflier

Good point. I was nearly hit by a delivery van in London for the same reason. Glad I couldn’t understand what the driver shouted.

It works the other way, too. I remember reading somewhere that Winston Churchill was hit by a car because he looked the wrong way as he started to cross a street. I think it happened in New York shortly after WWII, but I’m not certain, and I don’t have the book around.


44 posted on 06/07/2013 4:49:32 AM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: UnwashedPeasant
According to the article, Napoleon issued the law in 1789. In 1789 Napoleon was 20 years old and a nobody--he did not take control of the French government until 1799.

The way I heard it, in the Middle Ages men riding horses would ride on the left in case when they encountered someone, that person was an enemy and then they would have their right hand (their sword-wielding hand) closest to the other man while trying to defend themselves.

According to that version, riding on the left was standard everywhere until the French Revolution, but the revolutionaries changed that because they were breaking with tradition in as many areas as they could. That custom then spread to many other countries, but not to Britain and its colonies (except Canada where it would be inconvenient to have the opposite of the US).

45 posted on 06/07/2013 10:13:04 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: HartleyMBaldwin

I think the incident with Winston Churchill was in 1931 or thereabouts—definitely before WWII. George Will, I think it was, mentioned it in a column, reflecting on how different history might have been without Churchill as Prime Minister during WWII (if he had been killed).


46 posted on 06/07/2013 10:14:38 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: llevrok

That is exactly what Sweden had: Cars with the steering wheel on the left, which made the switch to right-hand traffic easier. Don’t ask me why this was so. Maybe the need to overtake others weren’t as great in Sweden with its low population density as it was in England?

Anyway, it was a huge change with all the roads that had to be rebuilt and re-marked, traffic signs moved etc, etc all over the country.


47 posted on 06/07/2013 11:32:37 AM PDT by Mentat
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To: Verginius Rufus

Thanks for the information. I read about the incident in a biography written by Churchill’s bodyguard, but I can’t recall the book’s name. I read it at 9 or 10, nearly 50 years ago, so I’m not surprised that I remembered the details wrong.


48 posted on 06/07/2013 12:27:15 PM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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