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Date registered: Jul 2003
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RE: Anybody know the specifics behind why German cars are 155mph top-speed limited?
There are numerous section of the autobahn highway system that have no speed limit. They are usually designated with a 130kph sign that's crossed off. As for the city, it's usually 130 kph. Germans don't usually speed in the city, cause if you ever happen to do so you'll be sorry. Cops have no merci. Oh and also when you see roadworks there is a speed limit. The funny thing is that when you're bombing down the autobahn and you see a cop the natural tendency is to slow down, and then you ask yourself 'what the hell ams I doing? I can speed here!'.
Another thing that kind of got me was that most people do not drive faster than 160 kph (100 Mph). Gas is a lot more expensive than here. It's just like telling a little kid not to go into a store. If he's denied he will go, but if he can go anytime, he will get bored after a while.
As for the roads, they are incredibly smooth. Nothing in the western hemisphere compares. If you're traveling in excess of 125 MPH it begins to seem like the autobahn is just a lot of gian turns that get smaller, and smaller the faster you go.
Sorry, about the long post but experiencing the autobahn is a real thrill. You can safely drive at a high rate of speed. Hmmm.