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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.
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Old 14.04.2016, 11:46
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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.
Wow - good spot. I bet no one has ever done a thread on "Swiss driving".
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Old 14.04.2016, 12:07
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If I only saw it ...

My wife has successfully passed her DL test last week. Had she seen this thread weeks ago, she wouldn't have struggled so much ...
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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.
I fully agree with you. Because traffic here is so dangerous, I have retrofit my car with American airbags as they are much safer.
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Old 14.04.2016, 12:12
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I fully agree with you. Because traffic here is so dangerous, I have retrofit my carSubaru with American airbags as they are much safer.
I am sure you meant that
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Old 15.04.2016, 10:37
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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.

I'm not sure I 'get' no. 1. Are you saying you think one is allowed to turn right on red just that the Swiss don't do it??
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Old 15.04.2016, 12:28
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I'm not sure I 'get' no. 1. Are you saying you think one is allowed to turn right on red just that the Swiss don't do it??
If you come from the states, it normal to make a right turn after stopping at a red light. The idea is decrease traffic congestion. Also it is now allowed to drive in some places in the break down lane during rush hour. When one comes here from there it takes some doing to get out of the habit.
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Old 15.04.2016, 12:39
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If you come from the states, it normal to make a right turn after stopping at a red light. The idea is decrease traffic congestion.
Now I understand. That's why in NYC "right on red" is forbidden unless a special sign expressly says it's allowed. That's because NYC has no traffic congestion to deal with.
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If you come from the states, it normal to make a right turn after stopping at a red light. The idea is decrease traffic congestion. Also it is now allowed to drive in some places in the break down lane during rush hour. When one comes here from there it takes some doing to get out of the habit.
Well if you don't get out of the habit soon you will find that you don't need to worry about that for several months. There are several other things in Europe we don't do that the Americans think is normal but I'm not going to start with that!
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Old 15.04.2016, 13:51
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If you come from the states, it normal to make a right turn after stopping at a red light. The idea is decrease traffic congestion. Also it is now allowed to drive in some places in the break down lane during rush hour. When one comes here from there it takes some doing to get out of the habit.
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Old 15.04.2016, 14:43
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If you come from the states, it normal to make a right turn after stopping at a red light. The idea is decrease traffic congestion. Also it is now allowed to drive in some places in the break down lane during rush hour. When one comes here from there it takes some doing to get out of the habit.
Here you can't. The idea is to stop you killing pedestrians. Yes, I know they don't exist in most parts of the US but you're in a different country now.
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Old 15.04.2016, 15:06
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If you come from the states, it normal to make a right turn after stopping at a red light.
Not when I lived there.

(except for New York)

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Old 15.04.2016, 15:13
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Not when I lived there.

(except for New York)

Tom
There's more to the US then NYC! Not only is there right on red but there's also left on red.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_turn_on_red
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Old 15.04.2016, 15:15
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There's more to the US then NYC!
I never mentioned NYC, I said New York.

There is a whole lot more to New York than NYC!

Anyway, my daughters find US driving appalling bad (and slow).

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Old 15.04.2016, 15:25
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I never mentioned NYC, I said New York.

There is a whole lot more to New York than NYC!

Anyway, my daughters find US driving appalling bad (and slow).

Tom
Sorry for the mistake!

That's a pity! Where does she live?
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Old 15.04.2016, 15:46
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Where does she live?
Aargau!

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I never mentioned NYC, I said New York.

There is a whole lot more to New York than NYC!

Anyway, my daughters find US driving appalling bad (and slow).

Tom
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.
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Old 16.04.2016, 11:45
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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.
Actually, i find it far less annoying to drive in Switzerland. And I lived in the US till 2007, in Pittsburgh, PA, Boston, DC, chapel Hill, NC, Nj near NYC, and I've driven in the Midwest (WI) and California - mostly LA and San Francisco.

I liked driving in NJ. NC was horrible - construction and crazy people. I love Pittsburgh, but the roads are awful - narrow, full of holes/under construction and really bad on and off ramps. Boston is....unique - but that's where I learned to drive a stick shift. Midwest is fine, polite drivers, and CA - too much of everything.

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.

But otherwise, driving here is pretty easy - i have no problem driving through Zurich if i have to, and the highways are just so much better.
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