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This Happened

This Happened — September 3: Sweden Switches Driving Side

Sweden switched to driving on the right-hand side of the road on this day in 1967.

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What is "Dagen H"?

"Dagen H" (H Day) refers to the day when Sweden switched its road traffic to driving on the right-hand side. It was a major historical event aimed at improving road safety and aligning Sweden's traffic with its neighboring European countries. Sweden aimed to reduce the number of accidents caused by cars having left-hand steering while driving on the left side of the road. Additionally, the switch was expected to make it easier for Swedes to drive in neighboring countries with right-hand driving.

How was the Dagen H switch executed?

The switch to right-hand driving involved meticulous planning and coordination. The government conducted an extensive public awareness campaign to educate citizens about the change. Road signs, traffic signals, and road markings were replaced or modified to reflect the new driving orientation. Vehicles had to be adapted or replaced to have right-hand steering.

How did the public react to the Dagen H switch?

The public reaction was mixed. While there was skepticism and concern about potential chaos on the roads, the government's extensive campaign helped ease some fears. The switch was widely anticipated and discussed in the lead-up, which contributed to a smoother transition.

Did the Dagen H switch improve road safety?

In the years following the switch, Sweden did see a decrease in certain types of accidents, particularly head-on collisions. The change to right-hand driving eliminated the issue of left-hand-steering vehicles passing oncoming traffic too closely. However, the overall impact on road safety had various contributing factors.

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