What is the average European? Quite a funny expression.
You might have had some time over here but I can tell you since our government introduced the so-called “eco tax” on gas people have turned in general more sensitive about driving. Saving gas is a big deal here, car manufacturer advertise a lot their most efficient models, car clubs offer driving seminars, you can read about “saving gas” everywhere. Sure, there are still many people going fast, but a lot has changed. And I drive 25,000 miles a year, both autobahn and normal roads and I can tell.
No, I don’t mean visibly dirty. Diesel cars have become almost as clean in emissions as gasoline cars. Yearly tax on cars over here is partly based on emissions and older diesel cars have become quite expensive. That has increased the demand for more modern diesel engines and the industry provides not only very efficient cars but also very clean ones.
Oh, I don’t know where you had your experience about traffic jams in Germany but you can believe me it’s not as bad as you describe. It’s bad around the large cities and during holiday periods but to claim traffic jams are worse than in the U.S. is just ridiculous. Btw, if it comes to stop in rural areas, then it’s because of an accident. And German highways do have a maximum of three lanes on each side (most have two) while American highways have more lanes usually. So sometimes they have to close the two lanes in a case of accident.
The Autobahn? I didn’t know there is just only one…
Well, is it possible that you are confusing your experience with all of Germany or Europe?
Many European performance cars can still be regarded as fuel efficient compared to heavy, large V8
pickups or SUVs. And I just read that already 60% of all Audis are ordered as Diesels. And even the A8 Diesel is a gas savings wonder, while still offering a good performance. You cannot compare Pickup and SUV
fuel guzzlers with relatively efficient BWM 5 series or Mercedes E. Btw, SUVs and other heavy cars are getting a hard time in Germany now, tax has been reformed just recently.
And over here many families do only own ONE car, and in most cases these are economy cars. I find it funny to emphasize that SUV
owners in the U.S. also have a economy car…wow, really impressive! So even one more fact to show that SUVs often don’t have a real purpose.
My point is that the percentage of SUVs or other heavy cars in the U.S. is much higher than in Germany where small cars (economy cars) dominate the scene. And people who go fast or own large cars here have to pay their price for doing that which makes ecologic sense.
I mean it would be a good thing if U.S. drivers had to pay a bit more for gas. It would give them a reason to go for more fuel efficient cars. And it would reduce the huge demand for oil in the U.S. which is one reason for the oil price record heights.
And criticising the American love for SUVs and large cars doesn’t mean I’m bashing the U.S…
thanks for your posting. That's exactly my point!
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