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C-Mach
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blond_guy
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42 Points

We Should Drive on the Left Instead of the Right.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/21/2008 Category: Society
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 1,598 times Debate No: 2825
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C-Mach

Pro

I think the United States should have never used the Lancaster Turnpike's rule of the road (Spurring most of the world to do the same), as it is much safer. Since most people are right-handed, if they drove on the left-hand side of the road, it would be easier for them to navigate traffic and give (appropriate) hand signals. Driving on the right side of the road used to have a practical purpose (People using Conestoga wagons and had to use their right hand to whip their horses, but didn't want their whips getting entangled with the cargo, so they sat on the left side of the wagon and requested that traffic pass them on their left side), but now is no longer necessary.
blond_guy

Con

I don't know much about driving and which side is better because I'm only 14. But how do you expect us to change our whole way of driving out of nowhere? It would be chaos! People would make mistakes all the time and accidents would increase like crazy.
Debate Round No. 1
C-Mach

Pro

I'm not saying we should change immediately. I'm just saying that we should. If we do change, it should be a slow process (e.g., (re)teaching people to drive on the left as part of getting your license, etc.). All I was saying is that we should be driving on the left, that's all.
blond_guy

Con

"All I was saying is that we should be driving on the left, that's all."

Well I just believe we shouldn't precisely because we'll never achieve that goal.

"(e.g., (re)teaching people to drive on the left as part of getting your license)"

What about the drivers out there? How would they learn to drive on the left if there is no road to practice driving on the left in?

There is no effective way to achieve what you want to achieve therefore we shouldn't be driving on the left

And on a technicality "We Should Drive on the Left Instead of the Right." could incite chaos. Let's say we all agree with you and us debate.org people go out driving on the left. We'll all cause chaos in the roads we drive in.
Debate Round No. 2
C-Mach

Pro

"Well I just believe we shouldn't precisely because we'll never achieve that goal."

We might, we might not. You never know.

"What about the drivers out there? How would they learn to drive on the left if there is no road to practice driving on the left in?"

Good point.

"And on a technicality 'We Should Drive on the Left Instead of the Right.' could incite chaos."

Sweden's "Dagen H" had lots of chaos when they switched from driving on the left to the right in 1968.

"Let's say we all agree with you and us debate.org people go out driving on the left. We'll all cause chaos in the roads we drive in."

You really have gone off the deep end, have you? All I'm saying is that the United States as a whole should drive on the left, that's all.
blond_guy

Con

I only found 2 statements that actually support your stance.

"You really have gone off the deep end, have you? All I'm saying is that the United States as a whole should drive on the left, that's all."

I gave you a hypocritical situation, I didn't "go off the deep end".

"Sweden's "Dagen H" had lots of chaos when they switched from driving on the left to the right in 1968."

Thank you for proving my point that the United states as a whole should NOT start driving on the left.

"We might, we might not. You never know."<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< We won't because of the statement you agreed with below.

What about the drivers out there? How would they learn to drive on the left if there is no road to practice driving on the left in?

"Good point."
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by C-Mach 8 years ago
C-Mach
"I don't know much about driving and which side is better because I'm only 14."

I'm 14 as well, and I know a lot about the topic.
Posted by C-Mach 9 years ago
C-Mach
"No it is easier to use MM-DD-YYYY as the date system, because it is much easier to write February 25, 2008, than 25 February, 2008." It makes more sense by denoting which month that the specific date is in first. That way, people get the general idea of the time of the year it is (Hey, maybe I should start a debate on this subject!).
Posted by bobsatthepub 9 years ago
bobsatthepub
good, I'm not the only one that doesn't see the logic.
Posted by blond_guy 9 years ago
blond_guy
Exactly bobsatthepub! Not just the metric system pissed me off when I came to this country but that month day year thing too. It took me so long to get accustomed to it. dd-mm-yyyy makes so much more sense because it goes from smallest to largest.
Posted by bobsatthepub 9 years ago
bobsatthepub
mmm, yeah I get that, kinda assumes, I could ask you "why you use mm-dd-yyyy" but maybe I'll just ask Google.
Posted by C-Mach 9 years ago
C-Mach
The reason we call it "9/11" is because we use "MM-DD-YYYY (Month-Date-Year)" instead of the international "DD-MM-YYYY (Date-Month-Year)."
Posted by bobsatthepub 9 years ago
bobsatthepub
yeah go on the left, make life easier for me. If you all work together i will be much happier, now isn't that a common goal we can all aim for?
Why does America write 9/11? Who else does, should be 11/9.
Posted by toria_2metal 9 years ago
toria_2metal
-PRROOOOOOOOOOO pllease!!!!! let me take your spot you did a horrible job at presenting facts.

Blond Guy i would love to challenge you on this debate!
Posted by aceofelves 9 years ago
aceofelves
lol metric system is a fun debate...

I was about to say let's debate it, but you'd already hosted. so we're good ta go!

I'm going to work on it a little tonight but as it's pretty late here i think i'm not going to post until tomorrow when i can think better.

Good Luck!
Posted by John_Quincy_Adams 9 years ago
John_Quincy_Adams
Not worth the chaos at all. If you're going to being something like this up do the metric system, thats a strong argument there.
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