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Why Germany has the best roads....

I used to tell people the difference between the roads here in the US and Germany.....

I found this brilliant video, of a typical german "Autobahn" no speed limit...
its with a bmw, but figured I would post this video,just so people get an idea...what a night and day difference german roads / highways are.

No bumps,not one single Pothole etc.....thats why u won't see on german roads flat tires or blown up tires and their pieces laying around...

U'll also see how fast, secure, stable germans drive - enjoy!

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what is their speed limit? they must have the speed limit right?, sometime we have the flat great highway and free way too..its all depend
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The best roads are between Italy, Switzerland and alps. Germany only straight line fun in the highways once you reach 300kmh its pretty boring if you ask me.

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what is their speed limit? they must have the speed limit right?, sometime we have the flat great highway and free way too..its all depend
Some of the autobahn is nominally unrestricted in that you really can drive as fast as you like. My own 'record' is a little north of 250km/h. However, if you have an accident and you were driving above 130km/h (about 80 mph), then you are deemed to have contributed to the accident and may not get any insurance payout and my also be prosecuted.

A lot of the autobahn is limited to 120 km/h or less. It changes frequently and the signs are tiny and very hard to see above 250km/h , you basically have to know where they are or are likely to be. Sat nav can give you some clues, but not always.

If you are caught more than 41 km/h over the limit (or more than 21 km/h over in town), then you are in a bit of bother and will get a fine and lose your licence.

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There was some roads in Utah / Wyoming with unlimited daylight speed limits until the Feds got involved with their 55 MPH mandate. After that mandate was lifted, they changed it to 75-85 MPH limit.

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Depends where in Germany you are! Most places lately are full of construction and delays!

Some unrestricted parts of the Autobahn are nice!

For best roads there are 2 definitions:
Driving Roads: Like alroumi said. Or watch Top Gear Season 10 Episode 01
Smooth Roads: Many places in Europe but it differs on personal preference

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Some of the autobahn is nominally unrestricted in that you really can drive as fast as you like. My own 'record' is a little north of 250km/h. However, if you have an accident and you were driving above 130km/h (about 80 mph), then you are deemed to have contributed to the accident and may not get any insurance payout and my also be prosecuted.

A lot of the autobahn is limited to 120 km/h or less. It changes frequently and the signs are tiny and very hard to see above 250km/h , you basically have to know where they are or are likely to be. Sat nav can give you some clues, but not always.

If you are caught more than 41 km/h over the limit (or more than 21 km/h over in town), then you are in a bit of bother and will get a fine and lose your licence.

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Admittedly, my last visit to Germany is over a year ago, but at that time here was no law, that I was aware of, that made you lose coverage if you exceeded 130km/h.
I’m certain the rental car agency would have reminded me thereof prior to handing me the keys to that ‘C-Class’ compressor.
Also, my Sister, that still lives there, would have told me about it constantly.
My top speed in Germany was in excess of 300km/h in a 512TR


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Admittedly, my last visit to Germany is over a year ago, but at that time here was no law, that I was aware of, that made you lose coverage if you exceeded 130km/h.
I’m certain the rental car agency would have reminded me thereof prior to handing me the keys to that ‘C-Class’ compressor.
Also, my Sister, that still lives there, would have told me about it constantly.
My top speed in Germany was in excess of 300km/h in a 512TR
That you were not aware of a law doesn't mean there isn't one.

On the other hand it may not be law (I'm not a lawyer), but it is certainly the case that 130 km/h is the nominal speed limit beyond which you are deemed to have contributed to the accident.... You can't get done for speeding above 130 on a derestricted section of the autobahn, but don't have a prang.
Ask your sister the question. If she doesn't know the answer...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autobahn

http://driving.drive-alive.co.uk/driving-in-germany.htm

http://www.german-autobahn.eu/index.asp?page=speeds

or have chat with these guys..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADAC

In practice most people seem to drive at about 160 km/h in the deristricted sections and frankly for most cars and most of the autobahn I've driven on, this is fast enough for anything more than a few minutes.
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I get it, it's for Brits driving in Germany


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I drove on German and French roads this summer.

Yes, they are a lot better than our roads.

To me, the drivers are much better too, they are nicer. When a speed goes from 130 down to 110, everyone breaks in sync to follow the law, particularly in Germany on that one.

The roads are so smooth as already stated. I found the French ones just as good, but of course 130 kph is the quickest you'll see I think.

I also love that the curbs over there aren't many inches high, so cars can nose up to things much more often. Also, drive way entrances are not the big dips and things we have. It would be so much easier to have a low car (I mean super low car) in Europe.
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Funny ey...

German autobahn generally (highway) has no speed limit, you can literally drive as fast as your car allows you to drive.

The left lane is ONLY for faster driving cars aka drivers passing others,it is Illegal to use the left lane for basic driving.
Passing from the right lane is also Illegal...Germany and the drivers are also very very strict about it,meaning - everyone follows that rule,for safty reason. With that speed,you can not effort to drive left and right and what not...everyone knows : left lane for speeders and to pass others Only ,right lane for regular drivers. Also truck drivers and busses are not allowed to use the left lane,unless they are passing a slower vehicle.

Also in Germany most exist ramps to get out of the highway,are to your right, also the exits to enter the highway are very long,meaning time to speed up and get in line with the other cars driving.

Some cities,areas even states,have speed limits (120km/h) its usually on and off....
you might have for 5 miles no speed limit,and after that u might get a sign saying speed limit 120km/h

And also, german traffic signs are superior to most others, meaning if the speed limit changes on the autobahn in germany the sign will actually tell you "limit 120km/h after 2000m then u'll see another sign saying 120km/h after 1000m " so u are prepared to slow down.
Signs in germany are never sudden and very well managed. Alot of them are digital even.

Also every 3 miles on german highways,there is an emergency phone,in case your car breaks down...literally every single highway,has ever 3 miles an emergency phone on the shoulder,which is colored in orange.

On regular roads however the speed limit and enforcment is very strict.
The allowed alcohol level is 0.5 in germany, for new drivers aka beginers its 0.0 for 2 years,meaning u can not have nothing.

In germany,when you get your drivers license,you start with 2 year probabation,meaning,you have to drive safe and secure without any heavy incidents for 2 years,otherwise u could lose your license or have to re-take the test.
German drivers license cost usually 1200 euros almost 2000 bucks.
And a german drivers license,never expires and never needs to be renewed. Because its a drivers license,only not an ID!

About the cars, germany has a inspection law,every 2 years,cars need to go through a very strict inspection called "TuV" before they give you new tags for your car.
One of the main secure things is, under that TUV law,a car in germany is not allowed to have any kind of rust,if it doesmu won't be allowed to drive it or get new tags,unless its being fixed.They check breaks,they check your lights etc etc.

Its also the law in germany,that every car owner has to have an emergency kit in the vehicle.
The only funny part about this is " cops never check mercedes owners car, because Mercedes used to be the only car that came with a factory stock emergency kit in the trunk

Hope this little info was informative how things are in germany
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The Autobahn is also twice as thick as American freeways. Reduces the amount of cracks and potholes from being created.
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I get it, it's for Brits driving in Germany
Whatever.....
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As for the speed limit signs, I drove from Hamburg to Berlin and back a few times this year and to Oschersleben via Hannover, plus used the local autobahn everday around Hamburg from January to July. I did not see any warning signs prior to a change in speed limit. You can be cruising along at 200 km/h + and 120km/h sign about 18" in diameter flashes by and you are immediately 80+ km/h over the limit.

I guess it's different in other parts of the country or I'm just not very observant.
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I hope when you drive 200km/h that you wake up and have a very good sight

the film doing 300 on a BMW is nice and clear

this is a 303km/h with a CL55 AMG . . . on the wet

http://slk320.fr/nicolas/cl55amgautobahn.wmv
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This is the famous traffic sign on the german autobahn -
Speed Limit has been lifted aka No Speed Limit ;-)

the one with the 100 and stripes means - prior speed limit 100km/h,has been lifted to no speed limit.

And the blank with the stripes, same thing - no speed limit
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This is the famous traffic sign on the german autobahn -
Speed Limit has been lifted aka No Speed Limit ;-)

the one with the 100 and stripes means - prior speed limit 100km/h,has been lifted to no speed limit.

And the blank with the stripes, same thing - no speed limit
Actually this signs only removes a local speed limit from a more general, but higher, speed limit.
The sign that removes all limits has a solid black bar.


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My memory is like GeeJay's - when I was able to drive on decent unrestricted bits, there was usually tons of traffic - and the signs are easy to miss, speeding or not.

Fortunately, even German Efficiency hadn't managed to overcome French Bureaucracy, so the one time I'm pretty sure I got flashed never made it back to Paris! :-)



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If those signs are on the autobahn it means NO SPEED LIMIT. . .
and those are the ONLY signs as posted them - there is no such sign with a solid bar,believe me

i like to think I should know better,considering i was born and lived in stuttgart,germany for 20 years and paid around 2000k for a german drivers license.
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Lived there as a kid, never driven there. But since recollections differ, how about using a source document for reference? Here's a website about the autobahn. It has an explanation of the various signs.
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