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Old 16.04.2016, 14:20
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For me, the most difficult rule here is to give way to the person on the right if your road hasn't got right of way (the orange diamond). Roads aren't always well marked.
If neither you nor the road from the right has any marks that 'rule' on the way of right, you are to give way to the traffic from the right. Seems rather simple to me, where's the problem?
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If neither you nor the road from the right has any marks that 'rule' on the way of right, you are to give way to the traffic from the right. Seems rather simple to me, where's the problem?
Because, when you've been driving for almost 40 years and not giving way to the right, it takes some getting used to. In the US, it's more like 1st person there goes.
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Hi Tom!
Actually, I am somewhat surprised that your daughter finds driving in the states appalling. That's why I was wondering where in the US she may of been.
Connecticut. New York, Vermont, and Florida.

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Hi Tom!
Actually, I am somewhat surprised that your daughter finds driving in the states appalling. That's why I was wondering where in the US she may of been. I do agree most drivers are lazy there, but that in someways is a good thing. Personally, I find driving there quite relaxing. Except for a few places (i.e. Boston) most roads are basically laid out about the same (nice wide shoulders, clear visible road signs, etc.) from sea to sea. It may be monotonous but you know when you see that yellow warning sign for that curve up ahead that you have never driven in your whole life you can tell from the suggested speed that you can do it at least 10 MPH faster. The only thing that I can think of that may of surprised you daughter is that in most states its legal to pass on the right (gee I miss that). This in turn leads to the unofficial rule of the highway, which is that the right lane is for the trucks and for entering and exiting, the middle for the average lazy driver and the left for the Mustangs and Cameros.
Whether you like it or not, here or there, is not the question. Fact is, US-Americans roads are much more dangerous than most (West) European ones, by factors: more than 3(!) times by Swiss standards!

Actually, US-american roads are even more dangerous than Greek, or Estonian roads!!!
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Old 18.04.2016, 18:50
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Re: Driving rules

One thing that impressed me when I first moved here was the European trucks that all have the side bars that keep you from going under the truck in case of an accident.

Every time I am beside an 18 wheeler with no guards in North America I think of Fast and Furious.
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Whether you like it or not, here or there, is not the question. Fact is, US-Americans roads are much more dangerous than most (West) European ones, by factors: more than 3(!) times by Swiss standards!

Actually, US-american roads are even more dangerous than Greek, or Estonian roads!!!
You do have a point! Did forget one rule: keep your eyes on the road!

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One thing that impressed me when I first moved here was the European trucks that all have the side bars that keep you from going under the truck in case of an accident.

Every time I am beside an 18 wheeler with no guards in North America I think of Fast and Furious.
That's why 22-wheel semi-trailer trucks are so popular in the USA: no room to get under the vehicle.
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Am finally figuring out the rules for driving in Switzerland:
1. No turn on red! If there should be anywhere a traffic light.
2. If some one signals to get into your lane speed up and pass them first.
3. Sit as close as possible to the car in front.
4. Always drive in the left lane as slow as possible. Take your time passing the truck 1 KM ahead.

I am sure there are more, but that's pretty much the gist of it.
Seriously can't stand number one. Or when they opened up the shoulder, and everybody just simply refuse to use it.
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