This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
The New England Farmer publishes the following as the rules of law governing travel upon our public roadways. It contains two points, viz. - that relative to carriages going the same way, and that relating to stopping in the middle of the road, which we think are not generally remembered, if known, and therefore we give it place in our columns.
"Our laws require turning to the right, giving one half the road. Loaded teams are by courtesy allowed the whole road when it can be done without too much inconvenience. Almost all men driving a light carriage will do this, especially on bad roads or up hill. If collisions occur when the party is out of his proper place in the road, he is liable to damage for the injury sustained, unless the being there was unavoidable by reason of the horses being unmanageable. In this case it becomes the other party to give way, even if he has to take the wrong side of the road. If both parties are in fault, neither can recover.
"When carriages are going the same way, the foremost driver is required to turn to the left and allow the hind one to pass him on the right, if driving faster than he is.
"This law is too often disregarded, and, in fact, I suspect, is not generally known. It would seem as if common politeness ought to be sufficient to enforce the practice, did we not have such abundant evidence to the contrary in our experience.
"The law also requires that we should not stop our teams in the middle of the road, which is designed for traveling purposes only. "We have no right to obstruct it. These are the principal provisions of the law respecting traveled highways".