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note on European highway driving (archive)

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Posted by steve on December 10, 1999 at 17:27:13:

In Reply to: SPEED LIMIT SURVEY posted by Richard M. on December 10, 1999 at 14:06:59:

Yes, it is true that most European highways are marvelously engineered, and that no-passing on the right law is strictly enforced, but I just do not think that system of driving will work here in the USA. First, there are just too many damn cars here on the highways. People drive in Germany 140mph+ b/c there are just so few cars on most highways. When the highways are clogged up like in the US, the "left lane for passing only" rule will not work b/c with the right lanes congested, who's gonna stay there? To illustrate my point, if you go to any major European cities like Paris, their beltways and city highways are chaotic just like ours. You see people passing on the right all the time.

To maintain speeds above 130mph, you really need lots of open space. At that speed, a car in front of you which seem far away will be RIGHT THERE in front of you very quickly. One reason why our brakes are so damn good.

Second, public awareness and knowledge of cars are just non-existent in the USA. Gov't and the state IMO still do a terrible job at educating people about proper road manners, like they do in Europe.

It is my feeling that we will never have a highway system like the ones in Europe. sigh....

Steve
: I was wondering, what is the general concensus on this board? Do you feel that speed limits are enforced for safety reasons or for $$$$$ reasons?




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