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Hi MeisieSorry to hear about your accident. I知 glad it was minor and no one was seriously hurt.
This is a little off topic, but has to do with driving. I am going to be relocating in the summer. I visited Switzerland in November and noticed the roads are a lot more narrow and the signs are different then I知 use to in the States. This might sound funny, but I was thinking of trying to get some driving lessons. My concern is being able to understand the signs, etc. Do you think driving lessons for a newcomer is a good idea?
Again, sorry to hear about your ordeal and I知 glad you are alright.

yes roads here are much smaller. my gf who had never driven here was quit afraid after having lived in the USA.
Go do alot of city driving in the US where there is tight roads etc, might get some practice in. signs are mostly the same, just buy a book(or online) in English on amazon or whichever you like. that should be enough.

And one thing that many people not seem t know is learn the dimensions of your car. What i did with the gf was make her drive with her car next, in front of, behind the wall as close as possible to get an idea of how big the car is.
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Old 24.03.2011, 04:55
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

First, thanks for sharing, Meisie. Hope it all works out in the end, but I'm glad the ordeal at least went smoothly for you.

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Hi. What is insurance for your insurance? I have never heard about that. What is the name for it for me to discuss that with my broker.

thank you for the information
I don't know if this is what he means, but on my insurance for the bike, I get one claim per year without it affecting my rates. I had to pay a slightly higher premium for it (30, 40 bucks?) but it adds peace of mind.

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This is a little off topic, but has to do with driving. I am going to be relocating in the summer. I visited Switzerland in November and noticed the roads are a lot more narrow and the signs are different then I知 use to in the States. This might sound funny, but I was thinking of trying to get some driving lessons. My concern is being able to understand the signs, etc. Do you think driving lessons for a newcomer is a good idea?
It's a good idea. I, for example, had no idea how to deal with roundabouts, and while it's not that hard, my failure to give right of way correctly had my MC instructor screaming at me from the back seat.

And please oh please learn to drive within the narrower roads here. I know some foreigners who after years still drive over the lines...
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Re: Road accident experience in Zurich

the only thing mathers here its: that you are all OK...
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Old 24.03.2011, 17:51
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Hi. What is insurance for your insurance? I have never heard about that. What is the name for it for me to discuss that with my broker.

thank you for the information
I guess the English equivalent is "no-claims protection". The insurance on the insurance was the way my (Swiss) broker put it to me and just made me smile.

[QUOTE=enoodles;1146239]This might sound funny, but I was thinking of trying to get some driving lessons. My concern is being able to understand the signs, etc. Do you think driving lessons for a newcomer is a good idea?[/QUOTE]

If you think you need it, it probably wouldn't harm. There's plenty of schools that'll happily take you for a ride - so to speak...
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Old 24.03.2011, 18:39
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Hi MeisieSorry to hear about your accident. I知 glad it was minor and no one was seriously hurt.
This is a little off topic, but has to do with driving. I am going to be relocating in the summer. I visited Switzerland in November and noticed the roads are a lot more narrow and the signs are different then I知 use to in the States. This might sound funny, but I was thinking of trying to get some driving lessons. My concern is being able to understand the signs, etc. Do you think driving lessons for a newcomer is a good idea?
Again, sorry to hear about your ordeal and I知 glad you are alright.
Hello enoodles
As the other guys have mentioned, it would not hurt to get a couple of lessons in and in addition to that, practice makes perfect Do it on quiet days and times, like early Sunday mornings.
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Old 24.03.2011, 18:55
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Fines and/or bans depend on the exact circumstances and whether laws were violated. The damage to the other car is covered by the insurance but the damage to the car of the guilty party possibly not or only to a certain part. And the insurance premium may go up a bit, but not dramatically. So, I would abstain from dramatic forecasts.
My girlfriend had a similar accident a couple years ago in Lugano. No fine, no ban, but her insurance went up CHF 50/ year or so.

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