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Old 11-18-2004, 11:03 PM
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Cool to bad you only got to do 85! Did you get run over!
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Old 11-18-2004, 11:17 PM
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Cool to bad you only got to do 85! Did you get run over!
You might be surprised to realize that most people drive about 85mph on there. There are a few who drive slower, including the trucks. I generally am in lane three (of four). Sometimes I even got into lane 2 on occasion, but not for long. The rules of moving to the right are very rigid over there.

The left lane is generally reserved for those who are flying. Typically above 120. You can go there if you are doing 85, but, you would have to watch your rear view mirror more than the road in front of you. The lights start flashing about 500 yards back and you only have about 10 seconds to safely get out of the way (if he's doing 140 or so). He's not slowing down even the slightest bit, so, if you don't move, you both are toast.

I've got to tell you that it is quite something to see one of the big Mercedes blow by at 140+. Sends chills up your spine.
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Old 11-18-2004, 11:19 PM
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We can learn alot from the German style of driving. I am sick of having to pass idiots in the center lane becuase they refuse to move over. I guess no one ever told them that it is not their right to drive 55 in the left lane and hold up traffic. Then you get the people that shoot from lane to lane always cutting people off and trying to get ahead. Not to mention I have seen a huge number of cars on the road that should not be on the highway. I would love to see someone get a huge ticket for holding up the left lane.
this is how it is in our country... lousy drivers.. 60KPH min speed at the expressway.. and most people woudl follow that. .but they are on the fast lane!.. they wont budge, honk or flash them.. they would be the one to get angry!.. tsk..tsk..tsk. a lot of people have died (road rage, then getting shot) because of this simple driver etiquette that is not being followed.

Here if you are on the fast lane.. then you'd probably be doing the minimum speed.. most of the cars running faster are on the slow lane.. go figure!....everybody wants to be at the fast lane.. nobody uses the slow lane.. hence the faster ones shift lanes and use the slow lane.

really pisses me off....
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Old 11-18-2004, 11:25 PM
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I'm a pretty easy going guy but left lane bandits bother me. I don't like tail gating so I don't want to ride them. I usually flash my high beams and if that doesn't move them the horn goes on. I need an air horn, my friends 130+ decibal air horn gets a better response.

Frankly the the highways in Germany sound like paridise I wish we could get drivers to do that over here.
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Old 11-18-2004, 11:32 PM
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Frankly the the highways in Germany sound like paridise I wish we could get drivers to do that over here.
They really are. Remember, German people are rigid individuals. Laws are there for a reason and are meant to be obeyed. NOBODY drives at 80 mph in the left lane. That I can guarantee you.
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Old 11-18-2004, 11:36 PM
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NOBODY drives at 80 mph in the left lane. That I can guarantee you.
Well they do have more of an incentive. What are the chances on I-95 of having a 5k pound S class doing 150+ mph coming up on a rusted out Honda doing 60 in the left lane?
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Old 11-18-2004, 11:57 PM
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I can remember the last time my father was stationed over there (early 70s) that a few of the service men brought their hotrods over and couldn't believe the Bugs blowing by them. BTW, I was born in Heidelberg the first time he was stationed there, but I only have vague memories of the last time we were stationed there.
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Old 11-19-2004, 02:52 AM
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That show was pretty much right on.

A few years ago, driving around the Stuttgart area, and on the autobahn between Stuttgart and Ulm, these bright amber lights kept getting in my face. There was about 4 or 5 of them in one day.

I asked a German friend about these, casually. His face turned as white as a sheet, and his jaw actually hit his chest as his head dipped. "How many lights, did you say?" he asked me. "Well, at least 4 or 5 of them," I replied.

He went on to tell me these were traffic cameras, and the Stuttgart area is notorious for them on the surface streets as well as on the autobahn. He told me to cross my fingers that I didn't get a "nasty surprise" in the mail after I got home, saying if I hadn't heard anything in 3 months I would likely be OK.

It's been four years and..nothing (knock on wood). Also said that there is no question that getting that many flashes in so short of a time, any German driver would likely lose their license for a good long time. I was praying that the rental company, on my next trip, didn't have record of me. They've rented SLKs to me for the past 3 years, so I guess not...

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Old 11-19-2004, 07:57 AM
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We can learn alot from the German style of driving. I am sick of having to pass idiots in the center lane becuase they refuse to move over. I guess no one ever told them that it is not their right to drive 55 in the left lane and hold up traffic. Then you get the people that shoot from lane to lane always cutting people off and trying to get ahead. Not to mention I have seen a huge number of cars on the road that should not be on the highway. I would love to see someone get a huge ticket for holding up the left lane.
Me too Hattie. The other thing that really gets me is the number of idiots that don't use turn signals

These people should get tickets but seem to be overlooked.

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Old 11-19-2004, 09:35 AM
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A friend who is a Mercedes trained technician said that Mercedes cars (including diesels) were designed to operate at top speed for hours at a time. This includes our 123s and 126s.

I have no doubt my engine is up to the task. I'm a bit concerned about the suspension and tires holding up at 110mph though.
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Old 11-19-2004, 10:15 AM
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When i'm out on the interestate, my SDL seems as though it's running better at 80mph. However, it seems I rarely get to go that fast only for short pereiods of time. I'm always running up on someone in the left lane doing 60mph. What really burns me up is that they see you coming up behind them and they just won't move over at all. You have to move to the center lane, if you can, and go around them. It's like they do it on purpose, just to show you that they own the lane. Don't you just sometimes wish you had a button in your car that would give them an electric boost under there behinds to make them move over?
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Old 11-19-2004, 10:20 AM
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Running the left lane in IL will get you a ticket now that they have made it a law like in Germany.
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Old 11-19-2004, 10:32 AM
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Running the left lane in IL will get you a ticket now that they have made it a law like in Germany.

They made that a law here in Colorado this year too. Didn't seem like anybody had heard of it, so they started a pretty big campain (at least around Boulder) pulling people over who are parking their ass in the left lane. Even I got pulled over, and I hate people for doing that. But the only reason I was in the left lane was because the cop was on the shoulder. Figured I should give him some room. Guess I was wrong

Any highway 65 or above, left lane if for passing only, traffic permitting.
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Old 11-19-2004, 10:41 AM
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I'll second the 85ish average.

Most traffic moved at speeds similar to our own interstates.

A little faster, but not a whole lot faster.

Now that I recall, I drove the Bahn twice during my overseas tour and was a passenger a third time.

Also drove the Esapna and Italia highways. Very similar in speed and driver conduct. Still the Germans are the best at it.
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