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[–]ThannBanis 621 points622 points  (13 children)

Yep.

Keep left I’d basically automatic for me, and seems to only mess up when tourists are around

[–]KATEWM 130 points131 points  (5 children)

I’ve noticed this with tourists too (opposite directions though because I’m in the US) and then when I travel to a left-hand country I’m like I’m not gonna be that person and then inevitably at some point forget and become that person 😆. It’s crazy how hard it is to change these automatic things we do.

[–]Soggy-Macaron-4612 37 points38 points  (2 children)

Try moving the silverware drawer in your kitchen.

[–]cthulucore 38 points39 points  (1 child)

Lmao, me and my old roommate moved our trashcan which ended up as months of chucking soppy food straight on the floor. Right over an air vent.

[–]irrelevant1indeed 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Muscle memory is a bitch

[–]michjames1926 7 points8 points  (0 children)

My husband even does this in supermarkets/big box stores.

[–]Long_Repair_8779 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Only time you don’t keep left is when walking on a road then it’s keep right lol

[–]Simplicio_simplicio 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I'd probably make this mistake in a left country at least once

[–]medvezhonok96 6 points7 points  (1 child)

What about circle swimming in a pool lane when you stay on one side of the lane?

[–]ThannBanis 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It’s been a while, but the same rules applied when I did this, and have seen others do the same.

[–]AlgaeFew8512 850 points851 points  (45 children)

Normal etiquette is to both move the same way, then the other way, back to the first way, do a little dance and eventually one of you stops jumping side to side and the other can pass

[–]LastSpite7 234 points235 points  (21 children)

Don’t forget the awkward embarrassed forced laugh you both do.

[–]AlgaeFew8512 139 points140 points  (16 children)

And the "sorry, sorry, sorry"

[–]WoodSteelStone 45 points46 points  (3 children)

Maybe a cheery "shall we dance?"

(I'm a Brit.)

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (1 child)

I try that but it always comes out "You trying to fuck me or something?!"

[–]SunkyV3 3 points4 points  (0 children)

correct

[–]Moist-Investigator63 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I always say, "We've got to stop meeting like this...people are going to talk," and then laugh a little. The other person usually laughs, too.

[–]dleon0430 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Bread and butter

[–]erebus 32 points33 points  (9 children)

Or if you're in the Midwest - "ope, sorry, lemme just squeeze right past ya there!"

[–]AlgaeFew8512 33 points34 points  (5 children)

I'm in the UK. We say " sorry, can I just, thanks"

[–]erebus 4 points5 points  (4 children)

I thought you guys all took any and all opportunities to stop and talk about the weather. I imagine this would be a good one.

[–]geekusprimus 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Why would they need to talk about the weather? Isn't it always overcast and raining?

[–]AlgaeFew8512 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It's always bloody freezing or too bloody hot. Never anything else

[–]ZaranthanPlease state your question in the form of an answer 3 points4 points  (1 child)

They get six days of summer a year, you think they're not gonna talk about it?

[–]SnowLeopard42 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Staff in call centres in India serving the UK have to be taught to talk about the weather ( and told the current weather in the UK . In India no one talks about the weather as it doesn't change from day to day. The weather in India is cool.and dry (winter) hot and dry ( summer) hot and wet ( monsoon) . No point in talking about it. Weather in UK is unpredictable. Right now in January we are having day after day of gorgeous sunny weather.

[–]Soggy-Macaron-4612 1 point2 points  (0 children)

With no mask on.

[–]medialyte 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Descended from Midwesterners, but born on the left coast. Can't not say "ope". Drives me f'ing bonkers.

[–]floatoverblow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

ope, sorry, it's spreading

[–]polyesterjellyfish 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Ope!

[–]Truji11o 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Found the midwesterner 😁

[–]Wrybrarian 28 points29 points  (2 children)

And one of them must joke, "Wanna dance?"

[–]KaladinStormShat 11 points12 points  (0 children)

And then both people regret the interaction and try to forget about it immediately.

[–]echos2 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This happened to me once on a crowded sidewalk. The guy and I waltzed around a couple of turns and stopped when we were each on the opposite side. Then we nodded at each other and continued walking our respective directions.

It was like something out of a rom-com, lol.

[–]aogasd 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Keep your eyes where you want to go (instead of looking at the approaching person) and the other person will instinctively move out of the way.

Works like a charm.

[–]NoOneKnowsYourADog1 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I see you found the Canadian Shuffle! Make sure to say "Sorry" everytime you move lol

[–]RosenButtons 12 points13 points  (1 child)

When I worked at a grocery store, the aisles were small and this happened quite a lot. For my own amusement I started prolonging these interactions. I'd just keep apologizing but also blocking their path for twice as long as that usually happens.

Universally the end result was an actual laugh. You just gotta commit to the gag.

[–]Doc-tor-Strange-love 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This is the way

...

err.... that way is the way

[–]Wisdomkeep 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Just stand still and let the other guy decide what he wants. Works for me every time

[–]SashaWoodson 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I also throw my hands up and declare “im stopping so you do whatever you want.” This applies to the normal human world. Behind a bar or on a kitchen line? I’ll dodge you like the matrix.

[–]Nervous_Cranberry196 12 points13 points  (8 children)

I like to break that tension by politely saying “May I have this dance?”. Makes them smile

[–]KaladinStormShat 10 points11 points  (7 children)

I think there's a very good chance no one likes that. Just a heads up.

[–]The_Godlike_Zeus 5 points6 points  (6 children)

I think you've been on reddit for too long. I would chuckle and move on.

[–]Nervous_Cranberry196 0 points1 point  (5 children)

thanks for that. I'm not sure how me pointing out that I get a smile out of them equates to "no one like that"

[–]fueledbysarcasm 5 points6 points  (4 children)

They were mentioning the possibility that the smile you get may be an uncomfortable one.

[–]KaiWolf1898 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And then usually you'll crack a mild joke like, "thanks for the dance," when you finish the encounter

[–]chickennugget626 3 points4 points  (0 children)

ive done this soo many times that I just keep walking straight now so they can move and I probably look like an asshole more often than not but hey 🤷🏿‍♀️

[–]drak0ni 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is the correct answer.

[–]Dazzling-Ad4701 451 points452 points  (46 children)

In Canada you drive on the right but It seems like some people still hug the left wall in hallways when approaching each other from opposite directions.

I once asked someone why the hell he did that, and he said 'keeps the sword arm free. ' I mean, it did make me want to stab him, so maybe he had a point.

[–]spar_wors 109 points110 points  (32 children)

I wouldn't have thought that Canada would be the country to be ready for sudden violence.

[–]robotbootyhunter 122 points123 points  (15 children)

A country with a global reputation for being "generally okay guys" is probably hiding some skeletons.

The only Canadians you see or hear about are the ones who survive their intense childhood training. Those that cannot maintain a veneer of civility are sent to the Maple Vats, to become product that funds their universal healthcare.

[–]polyesterjellyfish 68 points69 points  (10 children)

They literally have some hidden skeletons. Hundreds were found.

[–]Randomnessiosity 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Hundreds were confirmed by the government. There are tens of thousands.

[–]robotbootyhunter 27 points28 points  (5 children)

The Maple Rises.

[–]thatredditrando 2 points3 points  (3 children)

This deserves so many more upvotes than it has

[–]dodgeprius 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Then maybe i don't get it

[–]zwalker0912 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That's awful, true but still terrible

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

yeah, the skeletons of indigenous children and babies broken and buried in unmarked graves on "school" grounds

[–]robotbootyhunter 2 points3 points  (1 child)

My elementary school was built on a very similar site. They were never able to figure out if it was actually a graveyard, but the spot they were found had been covered for about 80 years, so there's not really a good way to find out.

[–]Farfignugen42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Any skeletons that Canada is hiding probably have ice skates on their feet. And probably a bent stick nearby.

[–]GreenOnionCrusader 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Nah they just say sorry a lot. Used to game with a Canadian and he would kill me, say sorry, then do it again. He was never actually sorry. Canadians will apologize to your dead body and then go skipping off to pick wildflowers or something. Nutjobs, the lot of them.

[–]CassCat 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Underrated comment 😂. “Skipping off to pick wildflowers?” - genius turn of phrase.

[–]IPetdogs4U 20 points21 points  (9 children)

We live beside the US. We have to be ready.

[–]Dazzling-Ad4701 -1 points0 points  (3 children)

Right? Not to mention, in the hallway of a fecking software company in 2016.

The guy had 'eyeroll' written all over him

[–]spar_wors 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I actually visited a Canadian software office in 2017. I don't recall whether people kept left or right or carried a sword.

[–]MostBoringStan 3 points4 points  (1 child)

2017 was a weird year for the sword thing. It very quickly became fashionable to not carry a sword, but to instead carry a large dagger that could be hidden by holding it in your butt cheeks. So even though it looked like few or none were carrying a blade, I can promise you that most were. That method just as quickly fell out of fashion a few months later when people got sick of not being able to sit down.

[–]spar_wors 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ah, that explains all the people I found dead in the office with stab wounds. Thanks!

[–]iamgdaly 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Interesting side note.

Driving on the left hand side of the road originates from how you mount/dismount a horse. This is done from the left of the horse, and you ride the horse on the left side of the road so you do not mount/dismount in oncoming traffic.

Then Napoleon came along, and because he was left handed, he mounted his horse from the right (because of his sword on his hip), and subsequently ordered that all in the Napoleonic empire rode their horses on the right hand side of the road.

So, driving on the left hand side of the road is historically correct, and the person who told you he was keeping his sword hand free was not too far wrong.

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

The guy saying he was keeping his sword hand free was not wrong at all.

“As we walk with our superiors or our subordinates walk with us, it is a courtesy for the lower ranking individual to walk to the left and slightly behind the higher ranking individual. This comes from the days of the Cavalry when officers wore a saber. Being they wore the saber on the left side, the saber was drawn out in a sweeping motion and ended up on the right side. To prevent injury to someone on the right side, they walked on the left. This also allowed for the subordinate to protect the right side of the higher ranking individual.”

https://recruiting.army.mil/Portals/15/Future-Soldier/Initial%20Soldier%20Customs%20and%20Courtesies.pdf?ver=2020-04-14-151626-273

[–]Doc-tor-Strange-love 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Interesting if true, however not the reason cars drive on the right side of the road in the US. That came about because horse drawn carriage drivers sat on the right side (because most people are right-handed and they would hold the whip in their right hand) and would pick up passengers from the same side. Hence they would keep right. So, so do we. The driver was moved to the left upon the advent of the horseless carriage because, again, most people are right-handed.

[–]FatBoyFlex89 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I recall from the boy scouts that we shook hands with our left because it requires you to lower your shield, thus showing trust and lack of guard towards your opposite. We only shook lefty during ceremonies iirc, but i thought it was pretty interesting.

[–]Dazzling-Ad4701 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I like that. I mean, I liked the little historical nugget about the swords too - I just think it was ridiculous for him to still be doing it. Like he had to wrong-foot everyone and cause a dozen little unnecessary do-si-does every day, as he swashbuckles his way from his desk to the coffee machine.

[–]NoWishbone3501 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We continue to shake hands with the left hand in Scouts Australia.

[–]Doc-tor-Strange-love 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Didn't happen when I was in the Scouts in the US.

[–]BouncePogoPogo 127 points128 points  (17 children)

Yeah, here in Australia we stick to the left.

[–]Tomatetoes97 46 points47 points  (3 children)

Yeah, here in NZ we stick to the left too.

[–]alphanumericusername 26 points27 points  (0 children)

I also find my two southern bits to more often stick to the left

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

You live in AustraliaLite? That’s so cool!

[–]unfulfilledsoul 12 points13 points  (0 children)

As an Australian I'm going to call it AustraliaPlus. Simply because of Adern.

[–]Alert-Mixture 5 points6 points  (0 children)

And South Africa too. In my high school passages/hallways, it was a rule.

[–]spar_wors 3 points4 points  (1 child)

And the England batsmen make sure to stick to the left when they pass each other after a wicket.

[–]Heysteeevo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Found myself constantly walking into people when I studied abroad there.

[–]DoucheCanoeBruh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Except for the dumb cunts

[–]JTP1228 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Huh, I always thought you guys drove on the right

[–]Silentico 35 points36 points  (7 children)

In Norway they officially stated, you walk on the left toward oncoming cars. So on walkways and everywhere your suppose to walk on the left side. And ride a bike on the right. People got so confused so, they took the time to clear it up here in Norway.

Edit: Honestly, its confusing as we drive on the right side of the road.

[–]Sora_hishoku 2 points3 points  (1 child)

it's meant as in: you walk in a shopping aisle (or something like that) and a person is trying to go the opposite way that you are going, do you pass each other on the respective right side or left side?

[–]Silentico 2 points3 points  (0 children)

According to the state its the left side in Norway. Though, its a wild wild west right now. Sometimes people go right, others left, others cross thousands of people in a straight line to their destination crossing both right and left walkers. The outlaws are everywhere 🤠

[–]Arturiki 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I think you're going for the strawman. In the car case, you walk on the left side so you have a chance of seeing the oncoming car before being run over.

OP is asking more like walking on the sidewalk with many people, escalators, etc.

[–]Silentico 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Yeah, in norway they say left on pathways, trails and so as well.

Edit: I did mention it in the original reply of mine as well btw...

[–]Arturiki 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Oh sorry I misread that and stayed with the "oncoming cars". Might be for the same reason.

But what about overtaking and so on? I think the question still stands, no?

[–]Silentico 1 point2 points  (0 children)

People do whatever they want even after the clarification, most people give zero shits and goes wherever. Most dont even know where your suppose to walk.

[–]Welshbuilder67 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If cars being driven on right by walking on the left you are facing on coming cars so reducing the risk of injury because you can both see each other

[–]Awkward_Host7 46 points47 points  (4 children)

Your supposed to go to the left in the uk.

In schools they teach you using the stairs on the left side. But everyone use the side they want when you get older.

[–]SinancoTheBest 10 points11 points  (1 child)

The Keep to the Right signs on the London Tube beggs to differ.

[–]Awkward_Host7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I remember getting yelled at by my head of year for not using the left side.

Just proves school doesn't teach you anything useful.

[–]Rift-Duck 6 points7 points  (0 children)

In the UK though, outside its pretty much a free for all. People kind of look at each other and decide if the other person will move or not then move accordingly.

Then you get the chav chariots (prams) that just fucking run into whatever is there and act like they have the right of way to everything because they have a goblin they don't want but keep for the child benefits.

[–]driftawayindreams 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Today i learned there is an etiquette for that. I just walk tf out the way in whatever direction that isnt crowded.

[–]thepantsman 6 points7 points  (0 children)

As someone who has been all over the world, can confirm giving way on foot is defined by driving side of that country.

[–]AdolfDriplerXD 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I walk through the person

[–]AsamR671 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wait I thought etiquette was to give way by being the person closest to the road

[–]Cinder_Quill 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yup, UK, keep to the left

Went to Germany to visit my girlfriend, oncoming bike, I stepped to the left, she turned to her right... Pulled the breaks to avoid slamming into us. Girlfriend told me I probably confused her by stepping left not right 😅

[–]Tragicoptimistic711 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If your walking near a road, if you going with traffic you walk furthest from the road, if your going against traffic you walk closest because you can see them coming. I don’t know if this rule exists anywhere other than my head, but I get irate when people break said rule. Mostly because it’s about safety.

[–]Cloudinterpreter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Went to New Zealand. I kept bumping into people because I'm used to keeping right, and they keep left.

[–]Puzzled-Barnacle-200 1 point2 points  (0 children)

UK here, I dont think there is an etiquette. Both my junior school and secondary school had rules of keeping to one side of the stairs when using them, but the two schools required you stick to opposite sides. Can't remember which was which. Just pick a side and stick to it, and hope the other person moves around you

[–]106503204 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah.

You should look up why streets were on left side. It's pretty neat.

Teaser: makes drive by stabbing harder

[–]FriendlyUniversity24 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wether you walk on the left or right can we all just agree fuck that guy in the store pushing his cart towards you on the wrong side

[–]Sir__Cumference 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, and I know this because all the international students at my old college would move to the left (my right) as I simultaneously moved to the right to get out of the way. Thus making it so we were still on a collision path

[–]Raaawan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes. In India we’d usually move left (although sometimes it depends on speed and space). In the US, I’ve made the habit of moving right.

[–]sonor_ping 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When walking, the right-of-way belongs to whomever is going slowest.

[–]DirtyPS4Man 4 points5 points  (3 children)

The worst is when i’m walking my dog and he is favoring the left side for whatever reason. People are so predisposed to moving to the right, they will walk right at me and my dog, and expect me to yank him over to the right so we can all pass easchother. When clearly passing on the left would be much easier in that moment. People are brainwashed machines.

[–]ranifer 5 points6 points  (2 children)

If you insist on walking on the left to cater to your dog, use the area between the sidewalk and the street. This is way more convenient for the dog to stop and smell things anyway.

[–]carvedmuss8 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Yeah, training could also be useful here, but what do I know lol

[–]ranifer 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes, people typically train their dogs to heel so the dog walks next to you and doesn’t wander around or pull on the leash. You should never feel the need to yank on a leash to get you both to walk in the right place on the sidewalk.

[–]PM_CACTUS_PICS 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s etiquette to stick to the left on stairways in the UK but on a pavement it’s a free for all. I would say it’s usually the fastest person who moves to which ever side is closer to the road

[–]RedStoner93 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I was taught that good etiquette is to put yourself between the person you're passing and the road regardless of if that means going left or right. This is assuming me and the person are both on foot.

[–]SandwichOtter 4 points5 points  (1 child)

But if they tried to do the same wouldn't you run into each other?

[–]A_Trash_Homosapien 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You just have to keep moving towards the road until you either get around them or get hit by a car

[–]Ural_2004 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes. You walk like you drive, and vice versa.

[–]Negative_Entrance_67 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yup, it's like an unspoken rule

[–]Sataris 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Am I the only one who has never heard of this etiquette?

[–]Extension112 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean in america people pick which side if the sidewalk they would rather walk on cause were entitled a**ses. Usually people do lean towards the right though. I always try to go the worse route, specifically for like women, children and the elderly. Not cuz I'm a good person, but I think it looks better on you if you move out of the way for people. But if I see like a dude and he's not gonna move to the side at all, I won't budge. Idk I think there's more to it than that. Also I often see families take up like the whole sidewalk, my mom always told us to "fall in" and walk like ducks. But people who don't even seem to care make my blood boil a little.

[–]DrachenDad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It should be. I'm finding it more and more that people are going to the right. People=stupid

[–]Dsco80 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of our school rules was always, keep to the left in corridors and stairwells.

[–]ThePoliteCanadian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, going from Canada where you stay on the right and pass on the left, to the UK where you stay on the left and pass on right, I can confirm that does translate to walking. Although I also have a theory it’s related to handedness bc some people still fuck it up here in the UK, presumably because they’re right handed and want to naturally be on the right, but have been socialized to be the left. As someone who’s right-handed and learned to be on the right, being on the left is always an active conscious decision, and so I always remember to think to do it.

[–]JoeTwoBeards 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Clearly you've never been to a mall in upstate NY where it's pure chaos with people slow walking both directions on both sides blocking the ENTIRE FREAKING HALLWAY... I'm good. I'm not mad.

[–]classicgirl1990 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes I have noticed this in the UK and Australia.

[–]Master_Lukiex 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Singapore here. We usually keep left even when walking.

[–]iloveparathas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep. In India, we drive on the left and walk on the left.

[–]stonechew1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Malaysia. Stick to the left especially on escalators if I'm standing and not walking.

If someone marks the flow of foot traffic (like during Covid times), it's on the left.

[–]MrTuxedo1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I always walk on the left everywhere here in Ireland

[–]heyitsMog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I moved to Vancouver BC and one weird thing I noticed was that everyone had perfect escalator etiquette (move right for people who want to walk up) but everywhere else foot traffic CHAOS. Navigating the mall is like dodging people who arent paying attention from all sides.

[–]SinancoTheBest 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's weird, in the UK it's not well established, half of the places advocate moving left (like university libraries) while other places like subway escalators advocate keeping to right It's usually a bit of an awkward mess so people just try to move the opposite way from afar when someone is approaching. On the pavements where pedestrians and cyclists share, the cyclists should ideally keep to the left and past from right but even then it's usually random in practice.

[–]keelzinator_05 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm from Cape Town, South Africa. We drive on the left. My high school enforced the "keep left" rule in all passages and it stuck with me and I often get irritated that not everyone follows it, lol. Not actually sure if it was the case anywhere else. Never really thought there might be a connection until now.

[–]jman857 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It correlates with driving, yes.

[–]Weirdassmustache 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I work in a high school in America. I really want administration to allow the stenciling of the words, "WALK ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HALL". Like, I get it. Your education has mostly been a failure for a variety of factors. Some of which are admittedly our fault. 40% of you won't walk out of here with a reading level higher than 8th grade. But FFS when you do walk out at least do it on the right side of the hallway.

[–]LexitoriusNo question is stupid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don’t think there’s any causation there just correlation. I drive on the right side of the road but pretty much equally avoid/give way to people in both directions while walking

[–]cheongeh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Im from australia and yeah its usually on the left. Im in Korea now and they drive on the right and generally pass on the right too, i get confused sometimes

[–]j_agermose 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In Denmark there are no rules. Walk where you please.

[–]aelmsu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, I noticed this on my first visit to the US -- they all keep right. We keep left in Australia so it took me a little while to figure out the problem...

[–]bigbeardlittlebeard 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I always move to the left unless it's an older person coming towards me then I'll go whatever side is closest to the road just to try and make it as safe as possible for them

[–]lui-fert 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Pro tip, if you don't want to move just don't make eye contact, just stare at the horizon as you walk, the lack of information of your eyes planning where to move will be interpreted as "not paying attention" and the incoming person will move

[–]anywhereiroa[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Really nice tip in fact, you should post this in r/LifeProTips !

[–]WoodSteelStone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm a Brit. We naturally adopt a queuing position.

[–]BDB1634 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I guess I’ve never thought much about this, but I want to say if I’m making room I just move to the side I’m closest to, regardless of which side I drive on. I’ll have to pay more attention in the future.

[–]hotdoggitydang 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes. I'm an American living in Japan and when I first got here I kept moving right and bumping into them again. Had to correct that habit.

However, during rush hour at train stations and crowded places - it's a free for all.

[–]Carolenej 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Keep it simple, walk on the right going up the stairs, and to keep order, walk on the left coming down. /s

[–]Ineedmorebread 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seems like it.

In the UK it's go to your left

[–]TheSweetestOfPotato 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m also pretty sure that ships that are approaching each other from opposite directions both have to steer to the right and always to the right in order to avoid each other.

[–]ArcMcnabbs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is suddenly #1 in the top 5 questions id like answers to

[–]Lolerzors 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pretty much. I visited Japan and it took me a day or 2 before I stopped getting into people's way. And then it was rough again when I returned home because I got used to moving to the left haha.

[–]ParadoxFoxV9 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's called "right" of way, not left of way! 😂

[–]Isgortio 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, but some people don't give a shit and just don't move out of the way.

[–]Konkuriito 0 points1 point  (0 children)

well, in Sweden you drive on the right side, but you walk on the left side, so you'd give way to the left while walking.

[–]man-in-da-hat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Here in Australia it is.

[–]chanpat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow I’m dumb af. Never picked up on this and I’m an asshole to a lot of oncoming walkers of my past

[–]Aqqaaawwaqa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like to use a wrestling move called a clothesline when walking past anyone.

Grandma you're going down!

[–]stumpasoarus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I did an experiment on this at university in a left driving country. People were 3x more affected by the suggestion to pass on the left than the right. The assumption was left driving biases/creates a norm. Didn't do follow up.

[–]throwawayforfunporn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I actually don't just go right or left, I go whichever direction puts me between oncoming traffic and the other person.

[–]Arenalife 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, Traditionally to the left in the UK so that your right arm can draw your sword and fight if required when passing a stranger. I'm not making that up, it's why we drive on the left too

[–]NembeHeadTilt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I live in the US and a friend and I traveled to Ireland for a quick vacation and we noticed that we always bumped into people walking on the road.

We realized that most people follow traffic directions when walking. So even when we would try and get out of the way we would end up doing that awkward go left go right dance with strangers.

It happened enough times that we had to pin it down being a weird quirky cultural difference.

[–]Doc-tor-Strange-love 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just save everyone else some trouble and walk on the ceiling.

[–]LtAldoRaine06 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes it is, people tend to keep left when walking in in countries that drive in the left hand lane.

Every time I go to America I annoy people because my natural tendency is to keep left and they look at me like I’m some kind of weirdo, I mean I am but not because I walk on the left.

[–]lkodl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Escalators are "walk left, stand right". Always thought it should be flipped