A number of theories address why these directional habits began, but its continuation has everything to do with predictability. People move in predictable patterns, and for the most part, this is a good thing. If automobile drivers didn’t move in a way that other drivers expected, chaos would erupt and many situations, including four way stops, would become accident zones. There’s also some speculation that the side of the road on which people customarily drive could impact the direction they opt to walk as pedestrians. Take the analog clock, for instance, which runs in a clockwise pattern.
- It’s incredibly simple advice, but experts say you’ll avoid the longest lines because most people tend to instinctively veer to the left upon entering.
- To test the idea that a person’s right- or left-handedness influences their directional preferences, researchers studied the use of dominant hands.
- This may not sound astounding, but the way these tendencies manifest offers clues into our clockwise/counterclockwise behaviors.
“We can use the understanding that most people walk counterclockwise to place interesting objects in such a way that invites us into spaces”