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It always amazes me that many roads in the US, e.g. in CA, are very wide and have a double yellow line and rumble strips, which helps keeping drivers in their own lane, yet these features are not used on dangerous and narrow mountain roads in Switzerland.
They solved it here with driving courses.
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It always amazes me that many roads in the US, e.g. in CA, are very wide and have a double yellow line and rumble strips, which helps keeping drivers in their own lane, yet these features are not used on dangerous and narrow mountain roads in Switzerland.
Here is a clue why we don't have double yellow lines and rumble strips on the mountain roads.

Here we prefer moutain to road, so we keep them small !
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Additionally by not having a dividing line you allow traffic to make judgement calls on road positioning - which means the road width doesn't have to be defined by the width of largest vehicle * 2 + adding a bit. Drivers can also use the full width of the road increasing visibility ahead when approaching right hand bends by adopting a left side road position. (On a road with sparse traffic).

Finally, 2 solid lines prohibits overtaking which on Alpine passes would cause immense traffic issues as each road would grind to a halt behind the Dutch couple in their camper van driving on the "empty" road admiring the views.
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A lot of Swiss drivers are impatient and very aggressive (tailgating, honking, speeding up when getting passed and speeding up when other try to merge seem to be the rule), but that's another problem.


Maybe I've been lucky over the years, and I've driven a lot, but this (above) isn't something I have experienced as being noteworthy. That we all make mistakes is obvious, however I find the standard of driving here to be better than anywhere else I have been. The most aggressive tailgating I have experienced was on small roads in the USA. The most impatient was in Portugal. The way people drive on bending country roads in England is hair raising and using the horn here is something I seldom hear. It's also forbidden if the vehicle is standing still as it's only allowed as a warning signal. Merging into motorway traffic is an art in itself.
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As this thread was re-opened, just a quick update. The new mirror cost just under 200 with labour, and was covered by insurance.

Considering with have been driving up and down Swiss mountain roads for about 45 years- and this is our only ever incident- count ourselves lucky- even though it was a bit of a shock- especially for 75 year old bil sitting in passenger seat (RHD vehicle).
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