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Yes PLEASE do so. I hate it when people drive too slowly on the left hand lane barely at 120. 130 on the speedometer is perfectly safe as far as radars are concerned!!! I drove by many fixed radars with 130 on the speedometer and I was NOT flashed.

So please stop holding up traffic.

Thank you (in the name of all of us who would like to get somewhere and not just block traffic)
And what do you do exactly when they do this?
I surely do not put myself in danger by tailgating if that is what you mean.

I enjoy life too much to kill myself. But I will surely curse them and set the blinker so they are aware (hopefully) that they are holding traffic up. (like it or not)

Everyone that knows me can confirm that even though I am a fast driver, I am NOT by far an aggressive driver. That does not mean I don't curse a lot.

The other bad category that I hate are the drivers that brake al the time when going downhill: If you don't know how to drive than take public transport.
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Old 01.03.2012, 15:07
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A week on Sunday i head home for 1 week, can`t wait, the beautiful North East England and happy smilly faces, shops that are open, god i can go on but i can`t wait for the drive up to IJmuiden, 450 miles or so of German motorway, god i will be flying up that road, leaving early in the morning so the road should be quiet. One large tank of diesel, i intend to use every drop, should see my speedo knocking around 115mph for most of the trip maybe a little faster in places, but faster than 130mph
Personally, I don't like driving faster than 160 kph (and not in my big minvan made for US roads) .
Well minivan made for US roads means you should not drive above 160km/h. I mean with those soft suspensions and often drum brakes and "all-season" tyres (or rather "no season" tyres) it wouldn't be such a good idea.
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Old 05.05.2012, 12:05
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he he - this made me laugh!

I am in Malta at the moment and earlier this morning I was driving my little Z3 (German plated) round the bay when suddenly a silver BMW X5 shot down a side street and across the road and straight in front of me. I had to brake hard to avoid hitting him and .... guess what .... he had CH plates (TI).

Whoever would have thought it?!
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We drove in Malta for a couple of weeks 2 years ago - we had to keep eyes open for some quite erratic driving. Mind you the best was the old 50s Leyland buses - so sad to hear they have gone. We used them a couple of times - no suspension, original leather seats - arriving at the bus station was a bit like Cuba - horses, donkeys, old men smoking cigars- wonderful - almost across the island for 50 cents. Through the narrowest of streets with cars parked everywhere. Utter and lovely chaos.

We just love going to the UK regularly- but as soon as we get on the M20, we are shocked by the driving - being overtaken by white van after white van, and even lorries, all on their mobile phones, bumper to bumper and as soon as you live a sufficient gap to allow for breaking, another white van squeezes in. Of course as soon as we get to East Leics, it all calms down and everybody is perfectly civil (bar the odd idiot).

As with the good neighbour thread, people are people everywhere, drivers too. Mind you, when you are used to driving in one area, it can be quite disturbing to drive in another where habits are slightly different. I get so annoyed with people who do not signal at roundabouts - and yet it is not required in CH, so not really the drivers fault. I always signal my intentions- makes life easier for all.

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We drove in Malta for a couple of weeks 2 years ago - we had to keep eyes open for some quite erratic driving. Mind you the best was the old 50s Leyland buses - so sad to hear they have gone.

We just love going to the UK regularly- but as soon as we get on the M20, we are shocked by the driving - being overtaken by white van after white van, and even lorries, all on their mobile phones, bumper to bumper and as soon as you live a sufficient gap to allow for breaking, another white van squeezes in. Of course as soon as we get to East Leics, it all calms down and everybody is perfectly civil (bar the odd idiot).

As with the good neighbour thread, people are people everywhere, drivers too. Mind you, when you are used to driving in one area, it can be quite disturbing to drive in another where habits are slightly different. I get so annoyed with people who do not signal at roundabouts - and yet it is not required in CH, so not really the drivers fault. I always signal my intentions- makes life easier for all.
I do agree that you get erratic drivers everywhere, Malta being no exception, as you have discovered. In fact, the drivers of the old Leylands were probably the worst - mobile in one hand, cigarette in the other, whilst hanging out of the windown chatting to another driver ... all whilst driving!!

I am used to driving here and you do have to have eyes in the back of your head. However, it was the pure, dogged determination of the CH driver to get in front of me aggressively and at whatever cost that I found amusing.
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Re: Swiss Drivers

I used to be frustrated by the strict adherence to speed limits here in Switzerland. I was convinced that I would never get used to it. Then I drove down the A1 in Italy to Rome. Some Italian autostradi are excellent and are designed for a limit of 130. The A1 is not one of them. Curves are too sharp, sight lines are too short and traffic volume is too high for that speed.

Generally driving here is much less... exciting.
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Aggghh the Italians - we went up the Splugen pass one Ascencion Monday, with the Italians all coming back down from their visit to the top or Switzerland. All of them were taking all the bends on the wrong side of the road with their eyes closed!! The worst is the Autostrada past Genoa, where they overtake at great speed in the Tunnel, from the right, the left- in the old tunnels. I am rarely scared of anything - but the thought of an accident and a fire really makes me feel sick. Usually drive down the middle to avoid those dreaded tunnels.
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Old 05.05.2012, 15:54
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Nope not ment to impress you, i do not know you. You can drive as fast or as slow as you wish. I have no need to impress anyone!!
i was just telling of my weekend trip, i love to drive fast if the road allows.
I drive for a living, i drive very slowly in my job, walking pace and very precise driving.
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I'm a super driver, just to let you know. I've driven millions of kilometres in all possible conditions but I am always perfectly in control. I'm sure I could drive on Mars if I had to. I can drive for hours without getting tired and often cover immense distances only on a bottle of water. I see perfectly in the dark and drive faster at night than during the day - there is less traffic at night so this is ok. When I'm on the road I see all of those drivers all around me and all the mistakes they make: overtaking me too fast (or too slow), giving signals wrongly, too early, late, or not at all, clinging to lanes that I would like to be on, not getting away fast enough at traffic lights, not really paying attention to what they are doing, slowing-up if they just think there could be a bit of a situation ahead, not pressing on, sometimes even taking their time about things when it's pretty obvious that if they were fully in control there would be plenty of time to stop. And so on. It's a pity there aren't more drivers like me, I never make mistakes. - I learned to drive in Britain of course, that makes a difference, foreigners can't drive. One advantage is that we had the jousting pole under our right arm all those years ago and so automatically tend to be perfect. I'll be in England in three weeks and I'm looking forward to joining in the comradeship to be found there on the roads, it's such a joy to drive amongst such talent. Which is really one of the reasons not all of them there 'need' an insurance or a road tax disc and prefer white vans - always a good sign.
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I have a question about Swiss drivers i guess one you long timers may know the answer or anyone just learnt to drive in Switzerland.

Why do Swiss seem to find it so hard to move back into the righthand lane on a two lane motorway.
For me the worst stretch of road for this seems to be between Bern and the Basel exit, god man it drives me crazy as they all sit in the outside lane with nowt on the inside, why won`t they pull over, are they like sheep and have to follow each other, or are they not trained to turn that round thing in front of them.
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They're the foreigners and the expats. The Swiss always follow the rules.
Yup - most of them are in fact Lost Inboard who fails to understand the need for overtaking lanes.
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he he - this made me laugh!

I am in Malta at the moment and earlier this morning I was driving my little Z3 (German plated) round the bay when suddenly a silver BMW X5 shot down a side street and across the road and straight in front of me. I had to brake hard to avoid hitting him and .... guess what .... he had CH plates (TI).

Whoever would have thought it?!
I assume you know that Ticino (TI) is the second largest nursing home of Germany, right?
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I assume you know that Ticino (TI) is the second largest nursing home of Germany, right?
Nope. The driver was definitely Swiss. He had a moustache.
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