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I just think it is drilled in as a rule of order to keep the obvious collisions from happening...Just like mentioned its ingrained in us from childhood in schools.. form a line from left to right or clockwise...LOL...Like you mentioned.. I believe it may be a left to right handedness thing....I think that is a clever guessing, answer you gave to your question...
You have asked a question on which the beaver can shed some light, and the light that is shed may surprise you.In occult & Pagan thinking clockwise & anti-clockwise have always had a major significance. If one wanted to invoke good spirits, one danced clockwise (deosil) around a fire. To invoke bad spirits, one danced anti-clockwise (widdershins). Over the centuries, as Paganism largely died out, this developed into a belief that dancing anti-clockwise would bring bad luck (there are, in fact, many superstitions that have their root in Pagan beliefs). While this train of thought has long since disappeared, apart from in occult or Pagan circles, walking around something like that salad bar in a clockwise direction is the result of many generations of learned behaviour. If that's the way your parents always did it, you probably will too without even giving it a conscious thought. Your parents learned it from their parents, etc., right back to medieval times or beyond.
That is really cool information Eth. Very cool indeed! You always have the cool Low down on interesting odd facts.. reminds me of George.... He did too. 
Could this have anything to do with the way our eyes work?I recall something about 3D TV where if the camera pans slowly to the left, it gives a 3D effect on the screen. This is because our left eye "sees" a fraction of a second before our right eye.Please feel free to correct me if this is a load of old twaddle.
Next time i go to my local harvester i will see what happens if i go the otherway.Hopefully time will not unravel allowing me to report back.
In the US one travels around a round-about in a counterclockwise direction.Maybe that is why I don't like them.