From: Wilba on
Savageduck wrote:
> Wilba said:
>>
>> Years ago I read that left-hand drive is safer overall, because when a
>> person is startled they tend to raise their non-dominant hand to protect
>> their head. If at the time they are steering a car on the left of the
>> road,
>> 9 out of 10 will therefore sverve into oncoming traffic. Apparently the
>> effect is statistically significant.
>
> It seems we left our history far behind. Have you ever noticed where the
> good old Wells Fargo stage coach driver sat, ...on the right, shotgun on
> the left.

Don't see many of them 'round these here parts. :- )


From: Savageduck on
On 2009-11-14 02:30:45 -0800, "Wilba" <usenet(a)CUTTHISimago.com.au> said:

> Savageduck wrote:
>> Wilba said:
>>>
>>> Years ago I read that left-hand drive is safer overall, because when a
>>> person is startled they tend to raise their non-dominant hand to protect
>>> their head. If at the time they are steering a car on the left of the
>>> road,
>>> 9 out of 10 will therefore sverve into oncoming traffic. Apparently the
>>> effect is statistically significant.
>>
>> It seems we left our history far behind. Have you ever noticed where the
>> good old Wells Fargo stage coach driver sat, ...on the right, shotgun on
>> the left.
>
> Don't see many of them 'round these here parts. :- )

Note the driver on the left.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/41/Concord_stagecoach_1869.png

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Regards,

Savageduck

From: Savageduck on
On 2009-11-14 02:53:09 -0800, Savageduck <savageduck1@{REMOVESPAM}me.com> said:

> On 2009-11-14 02:30:45 -0800, "Wilba" <usenet(a)CUTTHISimago.com.au> said:
>
>> Savageduck wrote:
>>> Wilba said:
>>>>
>>>> Years ago I read that left-hand drive is safer overall, because when a
>>>> person is startled they tend to raise their non-dominant hand to protect
>>>> their head. If at the time they are steering a car on the left of the
>>>> road,
>>>> 9 out of 10 will therefore sverve into oncoming traffic. Apparently the
>>>> effect is statistically significant.
>>>
>>> It seems we left our history far behind. Have you ever noticed where the
>>> good old Wells Fargo stage coach driver sat, ...on the right, shotgun on
>>> the left.
>>
>> Don't see many of them 'round these here parts. :- )
>
> Note the driver on the left.
> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/41/Concord_stagecoach_1869.png

Sorry, that was the right, the shot gun was on the left.
Now I don't know my left from my right!

--
Regards,

Savageduck

From: Wilba on
Savageduck wrote:
> Savageduck said:
>> Wilba said:
>>> Savageduck wrote:
>>>> Wilba said:
>>>>>
>>>>> Years ago I read that left-hand drive is safer overall, because when a
>>>>> person is startled they tend to raise their non-dominant hand to
>>>>> protect
>>>>> their head. If at the time they are steering a car on the left of the
>>>>> road, 9 out of 10 will therefore sverve into oncoming traffic.
>>>>> Apparently the effect is statistically significant.
>>>>
>>>> It seems we left our history far behind. Have you ever noticed where
>>>> the
>>>> good old Wells Fargo stage coach driver sat, ...on the right, shotgun
>>>> on
>>>> the left.
>>>
>>> Don't see many of them 'round these here parts. :- )
>>
>> Note the driver on the left.
>> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/41/Concord_stagecoach_1869.png
>
> Sorry, that was the right, the shot gun was on the left.
> Now I don't know my left from my right!

I worked that out. :- )

I wonder why they did it that way, since the driver is on the ejector
side...? Maybe the convention pre-dates the widespread use of repeating
rifles.


From: J. Clarke on
RustY � wrote:
> "Neil Harrington" <secret(a)illumnati.net> wrote in message
> news:eZedndgR_YxY1WPXnZ2dnUVZ_hadnZ2d(a)giganews.com...
>
>> Government overspending is a huge part of the problem, that's true.
>> Also the fact that as we live longer but in most cases still start
>> drawing Social Security at somewhere between 62 and 65, there are
>> fewer and fewer workers supporting each retiree through that system.
>
> So, you need to vote for more taxes - or less social services -
> simple.

We vote for neither taxes nor social services, we vote for politicians.