Lane discipline is much better even on French non-toll roads
There are an awful lot of lorries on the continent. Seriously, much more than in the UK.
And they all seem to come from Slovenia.
Yes, that is an exaggeration. But only just.
They are much hillier. Michael tells me that this is because they are so old. One of them even split as it went round a mountain. One carriageway one side, one the other.
Most are only two lanes.
Autobahns and toll autoroutes are in good condition. Ordinary toll-less autoroutes less so.
I much prefer driving on the toll autoroutes. It was the only place I could set the cruise control.
Which is really nice.
Contrary to popular belief you can’t drive at any speed you like on the autobahn. Sometimes you can but as often as not there are limits and these vary frequently.
Sat nav is both a god-send and a menace.
Driving as fast as you like is great until the car starts to vibrate in an alarming way.
I think one of the reasons lane discipline is so much better is because there are usually only two lanes. These become a normal lane and an overtaking lane. The flaw in this argument is Australia (isn’t it always?) There, according to Michael, they also have mostly two-lane highways and poor lane discipline.
Driving in a right-hand drive vehicle in a right-hand side of the road country is not nearly as difficult as you might think. And it makes parking a whole lot easier.
Some Germans don’t half bomb along in the outside lane. 130-140 mph easily. This is quite scary when they are coming up behind you.
Surfaces are not quite as good as in Britain. Not even in Germany. But some German surfaces are really quiet. I think it may be some kind of experiment.
Slip roads and off ramps tend to be much tighter than in the UK.
Oh, by the way, whenever and wherever I hit an on-ramp, I floor it. It’s the only way to get yourself up to the right speed. I think that’s the right thing to do.
Autobahns are really busy. So are France’s non-toll autoroutes.
Roadworks are everywhere on the autobahns. And lanes alarmingly narrow.
The French have (how shall we put this?) a much more “relaxed” attitude to roadworks. A sign, a few cones and that’s it.