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Old March 6th, 2012, 04:57 PM   #1
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Do you befriend people when driving on a motorway

let's say you're doing quite a long trip (200km+). eventually you will encounter some drivers that travel with the same speed as you. would you keep driving behind or in front of them?
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Old March 6th, 2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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Behind. 95% of drivers on a motorway have no clue about safe distance. I do, so I prefer staying behind.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 05:10 PM   #3
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Coming weeks I have to make several trips of 2000+ km. Best is to stay behind them with safe distance, but ofcourse when the motorways are empty it can happen that you travel in a group for 1 - 2 hours.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 05:34 PM   #4
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When ever I get caught up in/around cars, I almost always overtake them all. I prefer to drive by myself, with no cars around me.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 05:34 PM   #5
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ok, my question wasn't exactly about that, but alright. I was thinking more about intentionaly driving at the similar speed just because you would like some company.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 05:48 PM   #6
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Ah, ok.

Absolutely not, then. The lonelier, the better.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 05:49 PM   #7
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If I have to do a trip with friends, for example we are in 8 and we have to go with two cars, I prefere to stay in front of them cause at least they drive my speed and I don't have the problem to take care where they are and if I lose them (especially in the case I don't know well the streets). If I drive alone depends if I want to drive agressive or relaxed...in Germany where there's no speed limit I usually overtake them, In Italy where there's the speed limit and radar controls I prefere don't drive faster than 130 Km/h
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Old March 6th, 2012, 05:50 PM   #8
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Yeah, sometimes I do that.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 06:44 PM   #9
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Not really possible in my part of the world. The N1 and N2 are generally pretty empty after Worcester and Caledon respectively, so unless you're driving during peak holiday season, you'll mostly have the road to yourself. Haven't driven on the N7 outside Cape Town, but I guess it's the same story there.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 07:23 PM   #10
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I guess sometimes its nice to drive together, then you can guess the route one's doing based on his license plate.

but then again nothing beats the freedom of driving alone, especially if the motorway is quite empty.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 07:28 PM   #11
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I was in a car once that did that from Southern France till Portugal
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Old March 7th, 2012, 12:42 AM   #12
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I guess sometimes its nice to drive together, then you can guess the route one's doing based on his license plate.

but then again nothing beats the freedom of driving alone, especially if the motorway is quite empty.
There isn't much relationship between plates and routes. You can drive towards several directions from your area.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 12:53 AM   #13
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There isn't much relationship between plates and routes. You can drive towards several directions from your area.
If you see an Italian car on Slovenian A1 towards Italy, it's probably going back to Italy. I think that's what he meant.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 01:01 AM   #14
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Never really, I get annoyed by most (slow) drivers and love to drive on my own.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 01:35 AM   #15
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If you see an Italian car on Slovenian A1 towards Italy, it's probably going back to Italy. I think that's what he meant.
Oh, in this case yes. But is not always so easy. If you see a car from Trieste on A4 near Venice you don't know if it's going toward Verona or Bologna.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 02:11 AM   #16
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I would feel under pressure if I have notice in the mirrors that I have an unknown car that follows me for many kilometers. I would think that's an undercover police car or somebody that's checking me with bad intentions. It happened twice in Germany, once northbound few kilometers after austrian border and the other southbound near Karlsruhe. In both cases it was the police that followed me till the rest area for a checking control....
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Old March 7th, 2012, 02:43 AM   #17
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^yh, that's an issue. once one car in the night followed me on A10 in Austria for quite a long time, so I got suspicious and slowed down. and so did he! so I started to worry, but then he had enough of my slow driving and overpassed me. so I guess one should be careful about that, especially if you see you're making people unconfortable.

In SLO we have very simple solution how to solve the later problem, if the car following you is not Skoda Octavia, then you have nothing to worry about.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 03:33 AM   #18
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In Italy, undercover police cars for highway patrol are usually Subaru Impreza white or blue. In past were used usually Lancia K and Fiat Marea, nowadays I don't know if they still use them.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 04:02 AM   #19
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Oh, in this case yes. But is not always so easy. If you see a car from Trieste on A4 near Venice you don't know if it's going toward Verona or Bologna.
Yes, it's usually just going back home. I like seeing cars on "illogical" routes. For example, seeing a Croatian (or even Slovenian) car on Italian A23 would be quite interesting.
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For example, seeing a Croatian (or even Slovenian) car on Italian A23 would be quite interesting.
I spotted many of them along this route. I guess they are visiting Friulan mountains.
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