What a nice thread that spang up out of nowhere last n
ight! I guess I´ll spend the next minute cutting & pasting in order to make some smart-ass comments
>>>Wanna know what I spent on my driver's license? Some 1700 €, all in all...
Whoa, how often did you flunk?
just kidding, but that seems quite high. I paid that amount in D-Mark, but then, that was some years ago...
>>>US Forces personnel based in Germany had twice or three times the incidence of accidents... - I would personally recommend 120 to 140 km/h as "standard" speed (about 75 to 90 mph) if you are a little lady going to church service in Mannheim...
Funny that you mention US Forces in Mannheim. It´s got better in the past years. But like five years ago or so, every second Autobahn accident around Mannheim was caused by an American.
>>>The flashing headlights! It's actually allowed to do that! IN
Then how come I was pleading a case, yesterday, in which someone did that and was tried for coercion (Noetigung)?
(He was acquitted, unfortunately, because the victim couldn´t positively identify him any more.)
>>>I've once read that the average speed on the Autobahn is about 150km/h, but that includes trucks, caravans etc. aswell, which are allowed to do only 110km/h.
No offence intended, but I highly doubt that, Racko. The percentage of drivers who ever pass 150 km/h is in the (high) single digit range. Also, I usually drive as fast as legally possible, and it´s basically impossible to get an average of over 130 km/h over medium to long distances.
I did the same route (350 km) on two consecutive Saturdays (weather and traffic conditions comparable), once with a Smart (max speed 130 km/h) and once with a real car (max speed 240 km/h) - the Smart was 12 minutes slower. From a rational point of view, speeding is nonsense (that´s why few people do it) - but fun as hell, though.
>>>Well when I got on I was ticked off.... the road was only 2 lanes. There was no traffic. I decided I had better get off at the next exit and begin to asses my situation and how the hell I was going to find the Autobahn.
A German Autobahn needs to have:
- two lanes (or more) for each direction
- a permanent separation (bauliche Trennung) between the two directions - normally a railing or a wall.
>>>The only part of 'der Autobahn' I don't like, is the parts that were made in former Eastern Germany and haven't been repaired. At the worst parts, it sounds like the shock absorber is going to fall apart.
But there are hardly any unrepaired stretches left. Nowadays, the Autobahnen in Eastern Germany are generally better than the Western ones, simply because they´re younger.
>>>It's a bit scary though when you drive down the left lane at 200+ and a truck pulls out ahead to pass another one.. My best advice is to allways look twice in the mirror before pulling into the left lane.
That´s why I ALWAYS have the headlights on when driving on the Autobahn. And it works, people tend to have more, um, for lack of a better word: respect. Especially if the light is bluish
>>>But I really don't like those two meter wide lanes you often have to drive in when one side of the highway is being worked on.
Ya, I always keep in the right lane in these situations. I lose maybe two minutes, but it´s much less stressfull to drive.
And, finally, do you know why the Greens did not fullfill their promise of introducing a general speed limit, once they came to power in 1998? The fuel savings (and hence the lost taxes) would have been enormous. Gotta loves those politicians and their flexible consciences...