as soon As someone takes the word “speed limit” in the mouth, locks in Germany. The a see in a supposed fundamental right is restricted, the “free ride for free citizens”. The other dream of a relaxed car to drive at a maximum of 120 km/h. The lack of a speed limit for the German what is good for the Americans the Colt on the belt: The last Bastion of freedom – or a deadly Ills of the Nation.

The speed limit are, however, both extremes are wrong. A General speed limit of 120 or 130 km/h doesn’t make any sense – “free ride for free citizens”. Useful to have a speed limit of 200 km/h would be on German autobahns – for a number of reasons.

The fast cars are to blame

Driving on German highways is but one thing: damn uncomfortable. The difference of the speeds is too high. Who’s driving with 220 km/h on the left lane is significantly faster than the cars on the tracks next to it – but still an obstacle. Cars, the noise on the left track 250, 280 km/h and more, and all the aggressive progressive, everyday life. At the same time, you are almost twice as fast as the cars on the middle lane – and around 200 km/h faster than the Truck caravan on the far right.

The lane change from the center to the left, therefore, is in the German motorway everyday with either a near-death experience associated with it. Or with the decision to let it remain and become frustrated behind the middle lane Schleicher classified. This Situation can defuse a speed limit of 120 km/h of course – then all of Schleicher are, no matter on which track. However, it is legitimate to drive late at night on an empty highway with 180 km/h to home instead of 120 then crawl.

would Prefer to have a speed limit as a speed tourism

would be A General speed limit of 200 km/h therefore, the ideal middle ground: Extreme lawn and high-speed way, and the difference between the Middle and left lane drop is reduced in normal traffic to a bearable 50 to 80 km/h. at the same time, almost all cars are able to use, even without adrenaline rush for the occupants of the left lane. Nevertheless, everyone comes swiftly home, if the route is free.

The border at 200 would contain a further risk: racers, tourists from abroad. The German driving licence is one of the most difficult in the world, because without speed-limit driving has to be learned. Drivers who are road hazards never faster than 120 km/h, but for a high-speed experience with a rental car on German autobahns and heating, are damn dangerous. The speed limit of 200 km/h would rid the highways of would-be racing drivers, without the Locals to severely restrict. Who needs the experience of 250 or 300 km/h and more, can buy a day ticket for the Nürburgring.

the main problem is the car industry

at the same time a limit at 200 is better to communicate. The advocates have their speed limit, the opponent can still drive significantly faster than in all other countries. Better to explain to 200 km/h are primarily of a group: The German car companies.

is not enforce real politically a limit of 120 km/h. The members of the management Board of Wolfsburg, Stuttgart and Munich, would immediately spread out and all the politicians of the enormous importance of the car industry is to Germany tell. The myth of the highway and their attributes, such as sportiness, driving dynamics and Overtaking is the marketer of the premium would be carts of Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche will never go down without a fight.

Although the automotive industry for the German economy not so is important, as it maintained its Lobby, like, you know, to prevent a limit of 120 km/h. Against the will of the corporations and the “free travel”group, there will be no speed limit – except, if they are relatively high. A red line at 200 km/h is better than none at all.

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