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Posted by Chris on August 18, 2000 at 16:57:22:

In Reply to: Re: Just back from Euro Delivery of my 540i (long) posted by JEM on August 18, 2000 at 12:57:35:

Salzburg was the only place that traffic was civilized. In the other cities (all in Germany), city driving was a hassle. Granted most of that was during "drive time"/rush hour. So let me list my "problems".

1) I had one person whip up a side street at 50km and blast through a 10' space between me and the car in front of me so that they could get into a turn lane on the far side of the road. Didn't slow down or bother making eye contact

2) Cars changed lanes into ours without really looking if it was clear. Of course, they may have seen my tourist plates and shiny new Bimmer and assumed I would get out of the way.

3) Red lights mean slow down, not stop. At least not for the first 10-20 seconds after a red. One guy even laid on his horn, pulled to the side of the road, passed me, and went through the intersection when I stopped for a red.

Of course, that being said, I was not in a hurry to get anywhere. I was being relatively cautious being unfamiliar with the small roads and foreign road signs. Finally, for every jerk, there were many courteous drivers.

As for taxis, you are right. Nothing beats an American taxi driver. I still remember a Chicago cabbie driving up a parking strip at around 40mph to pass a bunch of stopped traffic, then cutting somebody off to get ahead! Talk about your white-knuckle drive!

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