The German Autobahn: Safety control meets reality

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The German Autobahn is safer than the US highway system for a number of reasons. It is an unconventional method of transportation that allows a driver to be skilled in situations of panic, speed, and danger. It creates a level of understanding for the non-aggressive driver that would otherwise be unaware of the harsh realities of the” realistic road.” It is a safety net from situations that could, perhaps, worry the “unsure” American driver. All in all, it is a universally realistic method of controlled safety. How many times have you heard someone ranting about the “idiot” that cut him or her off on the highway, or the old lady that would brake for everything under the sun? These are the voices of the common man on the road. It would be a wonderful thing to think that people were generally good drivers, but realistically, we, as a society are a mixed bag of driving behaviors. Some of us are confidant, others unsure. Some of us like thrills; others prefer to play it safe. No matter what the rational behind our road behavior is, we can all admit that the average driver can have one of many tendencies. Roughly, one-half of the German Autobahn has no speed limit. The average speed for cars at any given moment is eighty miles an hour. For the people of Germany, this is a natural way of life; a side step from the highly controlled American traffic safety system. In 2001, the death rate was only six people per billion passenger miles driven The U.S. death rate, however, was significantly higher, at an estimated fatality rate of eight per billion passenger miles driven. Perhaps Americans are simply unfamiliar with the terms of their speedy, and or reckless neighbors. Perhaps they are simply unaware of how to coincide with those who consider themselves “dictators of the road.” Maybe if people in the United States were aware of the “off-kilter” antics of the people on

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