Is it man’s natural inclination to drive on the right hand side of the road?
I have given this subject intensive thought for the last five minutes and have come to the conclusion that it is.
Let’s look at the facts.
First of all, it is a well known fact that when a bloke has a skinfull of drink on him, that he tends to revert to a baser version of himself. While I don’t believe that applies to me personally, I must confess that after eight or ten pints of stout, I do tend to drive on the right hand side of the road. Now, they don’t serve Guinness in France [well – actually they do, but I am not going to drink any of that export muck] so I have abstained from the Black Nectar and have been confining myself to wine. All I can say is that after a bottle of wine, I still drive on the right hand side so this counteracts any theory that I am just being bloody minded and driving on the opposite side for the hell of it. This would tend to lead me to the conclusion that the right side, is indeed the right side to drive on.
Then there is the historical context.
Where I am in France, there is evidence of the earliest attempts of Home Sapiens to crawl out of the swamp pit. Being Home Sapiens, the first thing he did was scrawl graffiti everywhere. Presumably there weren’t many motorway flyovers in those days, so he tended to confine his graffiti to caves, being [I presume] the next best thing. There are many caves in this area with examples of their vandalism, and one thing forcibly struck me – all the car parks there are laid out for right hand driving. Surely this would tend to support my theory that driving on the right dates back in the region of 20,000 years?
Of course most civilised countries drive on the right. And America. They are the exception that proves the rule.
There is only one answer.
I am going to have to lead by example.
When I drive off that ferry, I am going to continue driving on the right.
You’ll see that I am right.