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View Poll Results: Would you like to see an American Autobahn?
I'd Love to have German-esque highway speeds 59 66.29%
I'd Hate to have German-esque highway speeds 19 21.35%
I don't really care one way or the other 11 12.36%
I'm still trying to look up the word Autobahn 0 0%
Voters: 89. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 05-06-2013, 07:28 PM
 
Location: St. Ann, MO
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Default American Autobahn?

So I know we saw the article a few months back about the strip of Texas interstate that was given an 85 MPH speed limit. These speed is about equal to the 120 MPH speed limit found on much of Germany's autobahn, with smaller areas being "speed unlimited in sparsely populated places". Why hasn't an American Autobahn been pushed here in the States? Why would it succeed, and why would it fail...and furthermore, would you be interested in one?
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:36 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Have you actually driven in the US? With other people on the road? I can only imagine the death and carnage that would follow.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:36 PM
 
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As I responded in the other thread where you mentioned this, the drivers are the problem here. If our Autobahn has a left lane, there will be people in it driving slower than the speed limit.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Democratic Peoples Republic of Redneckistan
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I would love it
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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Have you actually driven in the US? With other people on the road? I can only imagine the death and carnage that would follow.
You would need a special license to drive on it, so your average terrible driver would not be allowed. I'm all for it, even if my current car can only get up to 110mph.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:40 PM
 
Location: St. Ann, MO
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Sounds like a reason to modify police enforcement.

So thus far, the reason against it, is poor American driving habits....Would this be a reason to readdress driver training? Maybe this would be an opportunity to start the FLYNAVYJ DRIVING ACADEMY
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:44 PM
 
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So I know we saw the article a few months back about the strip of Texas interstate that was given an 85 MPH speed limit. These speed is about equal to the 120 MPH speed limit found on much of Germany's autobahn, with smaller areas being "speed unlimited in sparsely populated places". Why hasn't an American Autobahn been pushed here in the States? Why would it succeed, and why would it fail...and furthermore, would you be interested in one?

Incorrect:

A hard limit is imposed on some vehicles:
60 km/h
  • Buses carrying standing passengers
  • Motorcycles pulling trailers
80 km/h
  • Vehicles with maximum allowed weight exceeding 3.5 t (except passenger cars)
  • Passenger cars and trucks with trailers
  • Buses
100 km/h
  • Passenger cars pulling trailers certified for 100 km/h
  • Buses certified for 100 km/h not pulling trailers
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The German autobahns are famous for being among the few public roads in the world without blanket speed limits for cars and motorbikes.


Also, Americans don't know how to build an autobahn. It's the blood thing. Even if they call German engineers. You know they roll a fresh egg on tarmac and if it cracks, they will remake it? And tarmac is scoped with lasers for imperfections? You want THAT quality here?
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:45 PM
 
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I'd love it!

However before that, there should be a huge campaign to explain to entitlement drivers that the left lane is for passing only. Police should be giving steep fees to anybody holding up the traffic on the left lane (with nobody in front of them).
Actually, this should happen now!
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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We already have one and it's called the Interstate System.

There is not a lot of difference between our Interstate and Germany's Autobahn. Although the Autobahn doesn't have an enforced speed limit, it does have an advisory speed limit that is 81 mph. In the Western half of the US, most interstates are 75 and Texas has 85. Most people cruise slightly higher than posted 75, so I'd say it's almost identical between the two.

In the state I live in, it's 100 miles between towns and then it's a very small town that offers no on/off traffic anyhow.

People don't commute from one town to the other around here, so the traffic on the Interstate is tourist or travelers and most are wanting to see the scenery and are in no particular hurry anyhow.

I could certainly see raising the speed limit in some areas of the Western US, but not much. Maybe 80?
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:51 PM
 
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Have you seen some of junk driving on American roads? Germany is really strict on car inspections and driver testing.

I seen a car trailer today with four miss matched car tires in different sizes being towed by truck that was junkyard refugee. Of course the lights were all busted off and the pigtail was nothing but a shredded bundle of wires dragging on the ground.
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