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Things You Didn’t Know About The German Autobahn

on Jan, 09 2017 18625 views
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American’s dream place to go and be a reckless driver. But most people don't know that the Autobahn still has rules and limits. Bummer. There are actually speed limits and speed minimums, so don't think that you can mosey along if you decide to drive on this famous highway. It also wasn't a design by Hitler, as most people believe, but was constructed during his time. In addition, in spite of all of the supercars available today, the speed record for the Autobahn was set by a Mercedes-Benz in 1938 and has yet to be broken. There are all sorts of things that people didn’t know about the Autobahn, and these are just the start…
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#1 It's Actually Very Safe

The Autobahn is very well maintained and constructed. the Autobahn is far safer than freeways in the U.S. because of all the added safety features and the fact that roads and bridges in the U.S. go without maintenance for decades. Fatalities on the German Autobahn are at 4.3 per hundred thousand while in the United States that number is 11.5 for every hundred thousand drivers. You'll get fined heavily if you run out of gas on the highway so there are stations every 30 miles and telephones placed every 2 miles.

#2 The Left Lane Is The Fast Laneā€¦ Period

As in the US, the left lane is for passing only. You'll get arrested for doddling along in that lane and most cars are traveling at about 150mph when passing in the fast lane. You have to keep up with the flow of traffic because if you speed up and tailgate, the fine is $500. with a suspended license and ban from the Autobahn for 3 months. The setup of the Autobahn is surprisingly built around safety, in spite of the intense speeds. Given that, one must never pass on the right. It is most certainly illegal.

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