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how fast do German MB owners drive on the unlimited autobahn when it's snowing?

how fast do German MB owners drive on the unlimited autobahn when it's snowing?

(the question only applies to snow-covered autobahn )

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Judging from occasional 70-car pileups they are not smarter than US drivers.
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During my time over there, I found the Germans to be, on average, better drivers than our own drivers. At least on their highways, they know to pass left and then move over immediately to the right to allow faster cars to pass unimpeded. We had a driver who would pick us up at the Frankfurt airport in a high-powered van and then drive us to the town of Meinz at about 115 MPH, all the while offering a running commentary on current German affairs. It was a little disconcerting at first, but shortly you could see that he had real driving skills.
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The last time I made Bratislava to Frankfurt, I had to push on the left lane to the people doing around 55KmH, when it was kosher to ride at 110-120 (65-75 mph) with the instant cleanup service of the Autobahn.
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No clear answer. To many variables.

I've driven 70 mph at night with no traffic on snow, and dirven on a sunny day with icy roads 20 below F. at 35 mph & 40 mile hour winds coming off a lake into a white out, then running into a 20 car pile up on a Saturday morning.

It boils down to traction, braking distance, and visibility.

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Judging from occasional 70-car pileups they are not smarter than US drivers.
Agreed, not necessarily smarter.

But licensing (versus US drivers licensing) requires more skills to be proven.

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Agreed, not necessarily smarter.

But licensing (versus US drivers licensing) requires more skills to be proven.
Am am not sure how to compare. Systems are different. I relicensed in Germany over 20 years ago and don't even recall what it took -it was that easy. Off-course I am skilled vehicles operator, but my German was minimal.
In US licensing depends 90% on practice with parents. That has much wider variety than professional instructors.
I teach my sons even side-sliding and operating the car with engine off, while lot of parent sign off 50 HR practice after few hours with the child behind the wheel.
Obviously I exaggerated the sample above. While good car will stop from 55 mph on very short distance even in slippery condition, doing that from 200 kph can take 1/2 mile.
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Too many variables, the road was built properly, the drivers license requirements require proven classes, and testing. There is a high speed lane which is observed, and the police are a no-nonsense bunch. The is no cell phone talking, or Starbucks sipping allowed, accidents are usually fatal! The roads are maintained even in small villages in snowy and icy conditions.
The last ime I was in Austria, rental cars had snow tires installed.
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Last time I went to Germany, they had speed restriction signs on the autobahn that light up during inclement weather. Not sure if there would be any 'unlimited' sections whilst there is snow/fog/heavy rain.

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Am am not sure how to compare. Systems are different. I relicensed in Germany over 20 years ago and don't even recall what it took -it was that easy. Off-course I am skilled vehicles operator, but my German was minimal.
In US licensing depends 90% on practice with parents. That has much wider variety than professional instructors.
Good points. Both my parents got relicensed in England, which was more extensive.

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