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Old 28.12.2014, 10:21
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Re: Driving on CH motorways

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too many on and off ramps on highways
Too many?

I'd say that they need more.

Where I grew up in the US, for a city the size and population of Lugano, we had 10, Lugano has two.

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Old 28.12.2014, 10:34
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Re: Driving on CH motorways

Just to chirp in with a general observation on driving in general, but also applies to motorways.

It appears to me that the right foot is one problem and eyes the other.

- the foot problem: I don't know if it's taught at driving training level, or just a bad habit picked up, but it is apparent that Swiss drivers feel that their right foot must always be on a pedal; either continually on the accelerator pedal or straight onto the brake - no graduation on the accelerator, just full gas, then brake. This leads to a very unsmooth, jerky driving style. Removing the foot from the accelerator and allowing engine braking is an unknown phenomena.

e.g. I live at the top of hill, which is ultimately a no-through road, but has many side roads (also no-through roads) coming off it. It is quite steep and has speed bumps. Just by taking your foot off the accelerator can quickly bleed off speed (which isn't high anyway because of the bumps). The number of drivers that still have to brake, before turning into a side road is beyond belief - absolutely no feel whatsoever for their driving (lack-of) abilities.


- the eyes problem: on the odd occasions that Swiss drivers can avert their gaze beyond the cabin, it seems to fixate on a point just above the end of the bonnet. There is no evidence that they look any further than 25m ahead, and therefore don't react in time to change in conditions or problems, causing over enthusiastic braking.

e.g. when approaching a roundabout, it can often be clearly seen of traffic approaching from other directions. Even when it is obvious that there is not another vehicle in sight to prevent the smooth, safe passage over the roundabout, with only a minor deceleration, your average Swiss driver will precede to the line, stop and then look in all directions, before having the confidence to continue.

I learnt a long time back (when I drove professionally), that a quick journey time, is quite simply being able to maintain a high average speed, which entails smooth driving with effective accelerator control and limited braking, and advance vision of what's going on ahead and around.

Every car drive should have to have a period on two wheels (motorised) before getting a licence ...... the crap ones would be killed, anyway, and hopefully the others may have picked up better observational skills.
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Old 28.12.2014, 10:38
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either continually on the accelerator pedal or straight onto the brake - no graduation on the accelerator, just full gas, then brake
Alas, a lot of modern cars I've driven have the problem that they don't do engine braking for polution reasons, and will even accelerate.

Worst was in the US with a rental, where the only way to keep the the idiotic 55 was to use cruise control.

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Old 28.12.2014, 10:45
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Alas, a lot of modern cars I've driven have the problem that they don't do engine braking for polution reasons, and will even accelerate.

Worst was in the US with a rental, where the only way to keep the the idiotic 55 was to use cruise control.

Tom
That is called efficiency Tom!! Modern cars with low resistance tyres, bearings, engines etc etc can cruise on a very low throttle opening - and assuming you consider driving to be a skill, can result in very good fuel economy if you allow a car to coast on a closed throttle instead of braking.

I have a supercharged RRS for the christmas period and it is exceptional. Although 12l/100km doesn't sound great - that is mixed driving (including plenty of cold starts and town driving) and is for a 510ps engine shifting 2,500kg!!
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Old 28.12.2014, 10:55
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Re: Driving on CH motorways

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I have a supercharged RRS for the christmas period and it is exceptional. Although 12l/100km doesn't sound great - that is mixed driving (including plenty of cold starts and town driving) and is for a 510ps engine shifting 2,500kg!!
That's not so excessive......
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Old 28.12.2014, 11:12
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Re: Driving on CH motorways

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Actually, Jakub is right (despite being polish ).
See attachment - from an official test.

But if the road IN TOTAL turns, you are NOT to indicate anything
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Re: Driving on CH motorways

Of course there are People who can't drive. But I don't think it's different then in other countries. About fluent driving, in Switzerland we have a Speed Limit, 120 km/h. And we do have very tight streets, that's what I see as a Problem. In Germany streets are much wider.
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