Before this morning, if you'd asked me for one fact about Samoa I would have told you that it's a country that's pretty handy at rugby.

But if you'd asked me to follow that up with a second piece of info I would have been struggling.

Not any more. Samoa has just become the answer to an automotive trivia question, as country that switched from driving on the right to driving on the left.

The logic behind the decision is simple: many Samoans expats live in Australia and New Zealand, both right-hand drive markets, so switching sides will make it easier for them to import secondhand cars.

Many locals - especially those with left-hand drive cars - are less keen. They've even set up a protest group called PASS - People Against Switching Sides.

But with Samoa's prime minister giving the scheme his full backing, it looks likely that on September 7th the country will change to driving on the opposite side of the road.

Several other countries have made similar swops, but always from driving on the left to driving on the right. And nobody has tried it for some time: Ghana did it in 1974 but the last European countries to change sides were Sweden in 1967 and Iceland in 1968.

Samoa's switch won't do much to the overall global proportion of right-hand drive cars, there are only 18,000 vehicles in the country.

Rewind to the 1920s, and most of mainland Europe actually drove on the left. Now only the UK, Ireland, Malta and Cyprus do. But although that makes us a minority in our own part of the world, over a third of the global population lives in countries that drive on the left, including India, Malaysia and most of sub-Saharan Africa.

As demand for cars increases, the 25-percent of global car production that currently gets its steering wheels fitted to the right looks set to increase.

In the meantime, welcome to the club, Samoa.

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