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  1. Serena Malone-Codozor
    September 20, 2016 @ 6:06 pm

    I believe the speed on the Autobahn to be much greater than 80mph on a average.
    I think I would enjoy driving on the autobahn due to their smoothness of the roads. Something we don’t have many of in the U.S.
    In the U.S we have adopted a general speed limit it just varies from state to state.

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    • Gio
      December 21, 2016 @ 5:51 pm

      I’m thinking just the same. During our little road trip in the U.S., it was painfully awful to ride at 75 mph or less. But this wasn’t the worst thing. As you already pointed out the road conditions are even worse. But, enough of the bashing. I can’t deny that 10 lanes, U.S. highways are just cool!

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  2. Shayne
    January 14, 2017 @ 9:19 am

    Having driven all over western Europe and southern Africa in cars and motorbikes, I think the reason so many people (especially in Audi A6 estates) can cruise safely at 200kph on 2 lane highways is road manners. Drivers don’t hog the overtaking lane. Almost everyone pulls out to overtake and then quickly returns to the right hand lane. And it’s incredibly rare for someone to pull out to overtake without checking they won’t impede a fast driver coming up behind. German drivers are polite and predictable. And yes, the road surfaces are impeccable.

    Compare that to the UK where there are many 3 lane motorways with no one but trucks on the inside lane, a few grannies pootling along at 50mph with white knuckles in the centre lane, and everyone else trying to go fast in the outside lane. The outside lane is bumper-to-bumper full. The other two relatively empty. And everyone is tut-tutting about how everyone else is wrong – too fast, too slow, too close, too far, etc etc. Sure, the UK is Europe’s most densely populated country so congestion is inevitable, but a lack of consideration makes things much worse than they need to be.

    Drivers on French motorways aren’t too bad but you pay through the nose to use the facility. Spanish and Italians can be crazy. And driving in southern Africa is wildly unpredictable, even though the roads are for the most part pretty good and pretty empty between towns and cities.

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