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Cultural quirks - driving

Benzworld members come from all parts of the world. What makes your area somewhat unique from the perspective of someone from somewhere else who firsts gets behind the wheel in your world?

For example, a Londoner renting a car in Wyoming might be amazed at the long straight roads. A Floridian might find the absence of a speed limit on the Auotbahns amazing.

I'll start off. In Bangkok it is common to find motorcycles driving the wrong way in your lane.

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in Germany its common to see people drive the best cars in the world
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In L.A., it is common to be shot at on the freeways as a form of local greetings...
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In Indiana it's common to see people putting on makeup, reading the paper, playing handheld video games, etc. while driving 75 mph on the freeway.

The one I've never been able to figure out is the people who can't leave their precious little furballs at home. I routinely see people driving with a small dog on their lap. How can you possibly control a car with an animal jumping around on you? Is this common in other places?
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in Germany its common to see people drive the best cars in the world
Of course...that goes without saying.

But, is there anything really quirky about Germany.

Here in Bangkok drivers totally ignore the zebra crossings.

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In L.A., it is common to be shot at on the freeways as a form of local greetings...
That is true in South Florida, too.

But, what about strange movemonts on the road? In Bangkok we move into the opposite lane if no one is coming toward us....at the moment.

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In socal, we don't stop for police until we've thoroughly tired them out via an old school high speed chase. They have to work for their citations here.

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In socal, we don't stop for police until we've thoroughly tired them out via an old school high speed chase. They have to work for their citations here.

Heheheh, I grew up in San Clemente, I remember (pre-Nixon) when ONE drunk marine hand to hand instructor beat up the ENTIRE night shift of the SC police force one night at the Greyhound terminal on El Camino Real...
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In Paris I experienced, that when you drive 2 feet off the curb (very common in CA) -you'll get passed on the right by motorcyclists.
But I didn't drive Merc there.
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