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Wow...what the heck have you done for the last 4 years?!?! It's finally time that you learn the rules.

Learning the rules is an interesting point you raise, because the book I had on driving in Switzerland did not clearly advise about these differences. As a European foreigner I made the assumption that most of the driving rules were the same as the UK, albeit driving on the other side of the road! I have driven in many countries in the world, Zurich is probably the most difficult of any place I have experienced. Trams that connect, then disconnect from roadways in a wayward fashion, pedestrian pavements that merge into roads, it is a nightmare to know sometimes where you are supposed to drive. Maybe as a Swiss person who has grown up with it, it's logical, but as a foreigner, certainly not.

Pardon-me, but isn't that actually the idea of a speed check?! – So in other words, you would drive always too fast if you knew where the speed checks are to be expected.

Luckily, I never met you on the street.
It is not a case of wanting to drive fast or break speed limits, it's a case of constantly worrying about being caught by hidden cameras instead of concentrating on driving safely. I am not condoning speeding, I am suggesting a common sense approach to safe driving
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[QUOTE=Sublime;2421465]Wow...what the heck have you done for the last 4 years?!?! It's finally time that you learn the rules.

That's actually what I call very exemplary ignorance.


Learning the rules is an interesting point you raise, because the book I had on driving in Switzerland did not clearly advise about these differences. As a European foreigner I made the assumption that most of the driving rules were the same as the UK, albeit driving on the other side of the road! I have driven in many countries in the world, Zurich is probably the most difficult of any place I have experienced. Trams that connect, then disconnect from roadways in a wayward fashion, pedestrian pavements that merge into roads, it is a nightmare to know sometimes where you are supposed to drive. Maybe as a Swiss person who has grown up with it, it's logical, but as a foreigner, certainly not.
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It is not a case of wanting to drive fast or break speed limits, it's a case of constantly worrying about being caught by hidden cameras instead of concentrating on driving safely. I am not condoning speeding, I am suggesting a common sense approach to safe driving
Well, if you are not able to handle such a simple tasks, then you should not drive at all.
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Learning the rules is an interesting point you raise, because the book I had on driving in Switzerland did not clearly advise about these differences. As a European foreigner I made the assumption that most of the driving rules were the same as the UK, albeit driving on the other side of the road! I have driven in many countries in the world, Zurich is probably the most difficult of any place I have experienced. Trams that connect, then disconnect from roadways in a wayward fashion, pedestrian pavements that merge into roads, it is a nightmare to know sometimes where you are supposed to drive. Maybe as a Swiss person who has grown up with it, it's logical, but as a foreigner, certainly not.
Very bad habit! ... after 4 years wondering why you constantly get honked at ... people staring at you and pointing their finger to their heads .... well you seem to be very slow in adaptation

That's a contradiction in itself.


As I already said, and I am convinced now even more: Stop driving. For your–and most of all–for our safety! Thx
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Very bad habit! ... after 4 years wondering why you constantly get honked at ... people staring at you and pointing their finger to their heads .... well you seem to be very slow in adaptation

That's a contradiction in itself.


As I already said, and I am convinced now even more: Stop driving. For your–and most of all–for our safety! Thx
I agree, making assumptions is a terrible habit.... who said I get honked at? I often get flashed. Next thing, you will be telling me I have to always drive with my lights on.
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I agree, making assumptions is a terrible habit.... who said I get honked at? I often get flashed. Next thing, you will be telling me I have to always drive with my lights on.
I know two things:
- There are smileys to mark irony.
- And the light has to be switched on.
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