Driving on the fabled Autobahn isn’t nearly as cool as you might think. Sure, they have long stretches that don’t, technically have a speed limit. But typically these long stretches have equally long construction sites in the middle of them. So, your total time driving as fast as your car can go, is about 0.
They also do a ton of speed limit adjusting while travelling on the autobahn. You’ll start out going 60 kmh on a ramp coming onto the autobahn, then you’ll go 100 kmh, progress to 120 and if there isn’t a rest stop, construction or an off ramp; you’ll be released in to a speed limit free zone. But, that’s only until you come to any of the three situations I previously mentioned. You’ll be blasting down the ‘bahn at 180kmh, which is about 112 mph, and you’ll hit construction. BOOM!
usually accompanied by yellow pulsating construction lights.
Then about 1km out from the actual site, you’ll be presented with another sign, informing you that your lane is about to end and you should merge to the left.
But for some reason no one heeds this advice and waits until they’re smack up against a steam shovel or row of dumptrucks before they signal to merge into the left lane. This is one of the main reasons for STAU’s. Stau is German for Traffic Jam. The sign looks like the ones displayed over the horrible traffic:
I don’t understand this. I’ve never owned a convertible and have only ridden in one a handful of times. But when you’re in a convertible and the top is down…why would you leave the windows up? If you don’t enjoy road noise…then why did you buy a convertible?
Just wanted to get this on paper…as an avid car enthusiast it bugs me to see the people who are touted the world over as ‘car enthusiasts’ do the dumbest stuff…
Thanks for reading.