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Advice on Traffic Violations

Dear all,

I am a new driver in Switzlerland. I used to drive in US and India in the past, but only converted my license this year and started driving for commute starting last month.

I am slightly panicking after two mistakes the last two days (and reading the EF posted experience of folks).

1. I crossed a solid line near Aargau this week.
2. I drove on the wrong side of the rode (gulp, GPS), for 20 meters maybe at a Basel junction.

I am a very careful driver otherwise and always tend to keep below the speed limit (just directionally challenged ).

I badly need the Car in March as my wife's delivery date is then and am afraid if I lose license then due to suspension etc.
Advice needed.
- Is there anyway to know if I am already caught for these?
- Is there anything I can do to pre-empt? (I am thinking of stopping driving till March to make sure we have it during that key period.)

Any experience share would be super great.

Regards,
Jay
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Old 04.02.2019, 13:34
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Re: Advice on Traffic Violations

Sounds like you got away with it. Usually you get pulled over on the spot, and it's not really something that would trigger a camera flash.

You sound like a pretty nervous driver so maybe you could get yourself some lessons as a kind of refresher to boost your confidence and brush up on driving rules and regs in Switzerland?
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Re: Advice on Traffic Violations

Agree on the advise re. getting some lessons in driving.
Especially as the fines here are quite high and tolerance for rule breaking is low.
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2. I drove on the wrong side of the rode (gulp, GPS), for 20 meters maybe at a Basel junction.
Never trust your GPS blindly, always see for yourself if things are allowed.
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Never trust your GPS blindly, always see for yourself if things are allowed.
No, no, them GPS thingies are computers, they're smart, you can trust 'em!



There's also the woman who drove several thousand kilometres in an attempt to go shopping in the next village, or some such.

ETA: Ah, I got the details slightly wrong. She drove 1,500 km, from a town in Belgium to Zagreb, when she had intended to drive to Brussels, about 150 km away.
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Ubi non accusator, ibi non iudex!

and also remember

Omnes viae Romam ducunt.

Follow the road even if it does not brings you in the direct way to your destination. In worst you will have to drive back. But what is that compared to a head on collision or a revoked driving license?
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Please avoid Zürich...
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Re: Advice on Traffic Violations

Check your route before you set out.

Practice some common trips when you are not under any time constraints.


Mistakes happen more often when you are too tense and of course, never trust the GPS especially in Swiss cities. Our Tom Tom doesn't get it right and all the in-builts that we have had have been disastrous.


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Try to relax
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Re: Advice on Traffic Violations

Stopping driving is a bad idea in my opinion, better to spend the money you didn't spend on fines for refresher driving lessons. Small steps are also a good approach, maybe go for small roadtrips on the weekend and try out your home-work itineraries so you get used to local peculiarities without traffic being crazy.
Also research your itineraries on google street view beforehand especially if these violations are driven by a lack of focus/anxiety and don't use GPS, better to get lost and circle back than ending up in an accident.
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Dear all,

I am a new driver in Switzlerland. I used to drive in US and India in the past, but only converted my license this year and started driving for commute starting last month.

I am slightly panicking after two mistakes the last two days (and reading the EF posted experience of folks).
Only slightly?

Breeeeeathe ... in ... out .... in ... out ... etc

If you'd have been caught you'd almost certainly have been stopped on the spot. So you probably obeyed the 11th commandment which says to not get caught whatever it is you've done wrong.

Don't know about India but driving in the US is probably insufficient "preparation" for driving here. So yes, those who say to take some driving lessons are giving good advice. It would be useful to do the theory material in preparation for the practice lessons, that should cost you less than 100 chf.
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