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#36 of 44 Re: Top 10 Differences Between German and American Drivers [steve_]
Oct 15, 2009 (6:10 am)
In Europe, LLCing is seen as a social taboo rather than a god-given right.
Lots of well-hidden cops in Germany though, especially in urban areas...they blend in more than those in NA. The speed trap mentality isn't as big, enforcement actually centers around problem areas rather than revenue enhancers.
The roads are vastly superior, but that's one reason fuel costs twice as much. The US would have to tax fuel similarly to avoid the second world conditions which are quickly approaching
#37 of 44 Re: Top 10 Differences Between German and American Drivers [fintail]
Oct 15, 2009 (6:46 am)
I think what we will ultimately see is these mileage-based charges for registration renewal be put into effect, while KEEPING the existing fuel tax, thereby raising revenue generation to the point where it is enough to properly maintain the roads.
I have NO HOPE that there will ever be enough popular support for improving driver training in the U.S. to actually make it happen. LLC will continue to be the norm.
#38 of 44 Re: Top 10 Differences Between German and American Drivers [nippononly]
Oct 15, 2009 (7:05 am)
I can see revenue generation being raised by some kind of mileage scheme...but where the revenues go, I am not so sure. We might all pay more to get the same, or even less. There's a lot of catch-up work to be done before the roads are in a state where they can be maintained to a competent level.
I agree about the driver training. This is, after all, the land of the lowest common denominator
#41 of 44 Re: the annual worst drivers study is out [steve_]
Jun 01, 2010 (9:02 pm)
I got a 90 on the quiz. Can I keep my license?!
I am amused to see this is one of the few places that California comes up red. But California drivers being unfit to drive more than the average doesn't surprise me at all.....
Mar 24, 2011 (12:18 pm)
"Adapting a program they run successfully in Europe, Mercedes-Benz is bringing the Mercedes-Benz Academy teen driving program to the U.S. And while well-to-do teenagers hopefully thumb the keys to daddy's Benz dreaming of pulling off moves like Dan Edmunds (above), the course is actually an accredited instruction course with driving instruction that eclipses the basic requirements of the DMV."
Mercedes-Benz Offering Teen Driving Academy in the U.S. (Straightline)