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Old April 13th, 2006, 03:17 AM   #21
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I think freeway is a stupid term, because to me that implies that either it's "free of costs" or "free of traffic", which in both cases is not true. I prefer the New York term "expressway" for describing a controlled access highway, to the term "freeway" which is used in much of the rest of the country (and especially out West).

It's free of traffic lights and other obstacles that stop the flow of traffic.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 02:14 PM   #22
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then you have tollway, motorway, autostrada, autobahn, autopiste..... etc.

Basiacally I guess just a 'big' road allowing a free movement of traffic.

Different countries (or even different parts of same country different word)

basically all the same....no?
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Old April 16th, 2006, 02:20 PM   #23
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motorway, autostrada, autopista, autobahn, autoroute, motorweg are all local names for the Freeway. So yeah it's the same thing.

Tollways are freeway type roads that are tolled. Expressways I believe are just another generic term for Freeways.


FOR EXAMPLE....if this road was in England it would be a motorway; in France it would be an Autoroute; in Spain it would be an Autopista; in the Netherlands it would be a Motorweg, in Germany it would be an Autobahn, in Italy it would be an Auostrada. Some countries might call it an expressway. If it was tolled, it would be a tollway, get the idea...
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Old January 11th, 2007, 04:25 PM   #24
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The Plural of Autobahn is Autobahnen, not Autobahns!

Just so you know.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 08:11 AM   #25
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Old January 12th, 2007, 04:20 PM   #26
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Uhm, who cares?


Ich habe vier Autobahns gegessen.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 04:25 PM   #27
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I do, of course. Otherwise, I wouldn't have opened a special thread for it, silly...
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Old January 12th, 2007, 04:33 PM   #28
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Autobahn is americanized....

You also say Kindergardens and not Kindergaerten in America.

Btw, I think, the Interstates in the US should be renamed in Autobahns
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Old January 12th, 2007, 04:36 PM   #29
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What is the deathrate on the Autobahn? like 30 a day?
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Old January 12th, 2007, 04:49 PM   #30
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What makes you think so?
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Old January 12th, 2007, 05:26 PM   #31
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What is the deathrate on the Autobahn? like 30 a day?
They are the safest roads you can travell on
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Old January 13th, 2007, 03:57 AM   #32
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What is the deathrate on the Autobahn? like 30 a day?
No, because we are the best drivers in the world who respect the traffic rules and we are well trained.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 01:34 PM   #33
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As long as you move to the right when I come speeding at you at the left lane at 200 kph...NL: Nur Links!

Despite the lack of a speed limit, the German Autobahns are the safest to travel on. Several reasons:

- autobahns are designed with high top speeds in mind: curve radii and gradients are small, allowing high top speeds;
- the parts without speed limits are usually three lanes wide, preventing sudden crashes due to overtaking trucks;
- and yes: most Germans can handle high speeds quite well;
- there are no at-grade crossings with other traffic (the most important criterion for an 'Autobahn' to be called as such) - which means you only have to watch the traffic in front of you and behind you. Most deadly crashes occur on roads off the highways, with grade crossings, oncoming traffic, trees alongside the road...;
- cars have become safer and safer over the years. The Germans are especially fond of large, safe cars, that will get you through heavy crashes alive.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 02:29 PM   #34
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Despite the lack of a speed limit, the German Autobahns are the safest to travel on. Several reasons:

- autobahns are designed with high top speeds in mind: curve radii and gradients are small, allowing high top speeds
That's not some German particularity; no country is so stupid to build sharp curves, if not necessary; Germany is mostly flat, you can't compare it to let's say Switzerland. Besides, the A8 Autobahn between Salzburg (the border) and Rosenheim has so annoyingly sharp curves; that stretch is pretty shitty.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 02:39 PM   #35
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Stating that Autobahns (hey, I'm doing it myself as well...) are designed for high speeds, does not necessarily exclude the possibility that similar roads in other countries were designed according to the same criteria.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 03:44 PM   #36
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^ You stated that soft curves on the German Autobahns are one of the reason why they are THE safest to travel on (so you excluded other countries); so it can't be one of the reasons why they are the safest; I'd say because of their quality (good asphalt is characteristic for Germany) and perhaps the drivers (although there are many foreigners on German Autobahns as well).
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Old January 13th, 2007, 04:00 PM   #37
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This thread are right
the real work should be Motorways because the internation language is the english

Only Germany Switzerland and Austria use the term Autobahn

Why not autoroute
France Belgium Switzerland Canada
or Autopista
Spain Mexico Argentina Chili etc...

For the quality
France and some other european coutries is as the same level as Germany.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 04:01 PM   #38
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For the quality
France and some other european coutries is as the same level as Germany.
and some even better
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Old January 13th, 2007, 04:03 PM   #39
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The word "Autobahn" is much more famous in the world than Autoroute or Autopista, but they are doing good too.

When someone says"germany", you almost automatically think about the Autobahn.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 04:12 PM   #40
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Actually I'd prefer the word Autobahn (or autobahn, with small 'a') over several expressions in English, such as motorway, freeway, expressway, not to mention very frequent misuse of the word highway. Autobahn explains it all.
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