Date: Sun, 14 Jan 1996 19:23:22 -0700 From: William King Subject: Re: Driving In --Made in America,-- Bill Bryson writes that "an unusual feature of Conestoga wagons was that they were built with their brakess and "lazy boards" -- a kind of extendable running board -- on the left-hand side. If there was a reason for putting them there, it has since been forgotten. With drivers effectively compelled to sit on the left, they tended to drive on the right so that they had an unimpeded view of the road, which is why, it appears, Americans abandoned the long-standing British custom of driving on the left [pp158-59]." Was this unusual? If the brake lever were on the left, it would leave the right hand free. Was it customary to drive on any side of the road back at a time when most roads were single lane, or was there some common courtesy regarding passing on such roads that evolved. Are there any phrases that might give a clue? Bill King