We often lament the fact that Australia is a right-hand drive nation, and that means we drive on the left side of the road. It limits the cars that are sold here, and puts us in the minority, as about 70 per cent of the world drives on the other side of the road.
But who needs to be restricted to just one side of the road, anyway? Not the people of Mexico, who are directed to change lanes on a steep, windy road on Route 150 between Orizaba, Veracruz and Tehuacán, Puebla.
So, you’re driving downhill on the correct side of the road (which is generally the right in Mexico), and the arrow on the road indicates you need to switch to the left side. How confusing is that?!
The point of this puzzling piece of public infrastructure is based on physics. By getting the cars climbing the hill to take the widest angle through tight corners, there’s less need to slow down, and therefore less of a hold-up if you’re stuck behind a truck.
But a Facebook video posted recently shows how terrifying the scenario could be if you’re not on your game. I guess that’s a great way to ensure drivers are concentrating on the task at hand.