7 facts about roads that will tank up your trick


7 facts about roads that will tank up your trick


7 facts about roads that will tank up your trick

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4. Traffic lights constantly strive to better themselves

Essentially, traffic lights are coded in such a way that they can make tiny adjustments to the timings of their cycle, every time new data comes in. This means that at times when there’s an unexpected amount of heavy traffic, like after a concert, they can adapt immediately, to make sure the traffic is flowing in the most efficient way. It may not feel like that when you’re sitting in it, though.

3. Catseyes are also self cleaning

No, they don’t lick themselves clean like cats do. The reflective glass is encased in rubber, which, when a car drives past, depresses over the glass and wipes it clean. Nifty.

2. A blackout during WW2 ensured the success of catseye road studs

Catseyes (reflective dots on the road that shine when a car drives past) were the invention of a man from Yorkshire called Percy Shaw. He apparently got the idea for them when he saw his headlights reflected in an actual cat’s eyes on his way home from his favourite pub. However, he had a really hard time convincing people of their benefits - until a nationwide blackout during the World War Two. After that point, sales rocketed for Mr Shaw, at home and abroad, and in 1965 he was an awarded an OBE for services to exports.

1. We drive on the left because it made it easier to joust

Whilst slightly offensive to the left-handed among us, this is actually true. It was easier for right-handed people to ride their horse on the left and attack their opponent on the right during jousting matches and in battle, and when roads started to be built in Britain this was the design that felt most natural at the time.

It was officially passed into law in the 18th century, when congestion in London got so bad that parliament had to do something to control it. The law first of all just made sure people drove on the left on London Bridge, but in 1835 the Highway Act was passed which meant you had to drive on the left everywhere in Britain.

One notable exception to this rule is at Savoy Court in London. Cars are allowed to drive on the right when entering it because the Savoy Theatre is on the right hand side, and it makes it easier for cabbies to drop off their current rider and pick up a new one without much fuss.

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7 facts about roads that will tank up your trick

They’re a part of our everyday life, and we don’t have to think about them much. They’re just kind of, there, to be driven on and walked beside.



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