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Old October 31st, 2011, 02:23 AM   #3681
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Old November 5th, 2011, 12:29 AM   #3682
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The scenic link to Trier


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Old November 6th, 2011, 04:09 PM   #3683
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Old November 7th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #3684
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Here is a video I made last year while taking a big tour from the Netherlands to Hamburg and then to Rome in Italy. The focus is on driving through road construction works in Germany, with the narrow left lanes. At times it was quite exciting, as a BMW X5 is a big car to navigate when there is a concrete barrier to your left and a truck to your right, with only a couple of centimeters to spare on each side (20 ~ 30?).

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Old November 7th, 2011, 08:43 PM   #3685
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The focus is on driving through road construction works in Germany, with the narrow left lanes.
You're not allowed to drive on the left lane with a SUV (X5) in most of the construction works in Germany! The car isn't small enough. The car is 1,933m without side mirrors and the maximum allowed width with side mirrors on that lane is 2m!
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Old November 7th, 2011, 09:01 PM   #3686
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What's the recording day of these videos?
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Old November 7th, 2011, 09:36 PM   #3687
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1. - 22.09
2. & 3. - 27.09
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Old November 7th, 2011, 10:42 PM   #3688
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Fortunately the A2 widening near Hamm is to be completed around Christmas. I remember being stuck there in traffic for an hour, and that was 4.5 years ago.
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Old November 8th, 2011, 06:41 PM   #3689
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Well, there are several other recordings of that day (27.09).

The first 14 km in the North Rhine-Westphalia, and then go to Lower Saxony at Weser Uplands.


The drive near the city known for fairs.


Flat terrain between the largest and second largest city of the state.


Between the West and the East.


That would be enough from my journey across Germany.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 07:26 PM   #3690
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Old November 19th, 2011, 12:15 PM   #3691
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52 vehicles crashed on A31 south of Gronau, Friday night at just a little over 7 pm. 3 people were killed, numerous injured. The cause was apparently dense fog. I drove on the road myself around that time, and visibility was less than 50 meters at times, with dense fog all over the Netherlands and northern Germany.

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I was on the road, not that road

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Old November 19th, 2011, 05:40 PM   #3694
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52 vehicles crashed on A31 south of Gronau, Friday night at just a little over 7 pm. 3 people were killed, numerous injured. The cause was apparently dense fog. I drove on the road myself around that time, and visibility was less than 50 meters at times, with dense fog all over the Netherlands and northern Germany.

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fog doesn't magically create accidents : fog is basically water, water is not evil it does not make cars crash.

Poor drivers speeding and don't adapting their speed and safety space to climate are the cause of accidents
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Fog is not constant though. I don't know about you, but I've seen times that fog suddenly becomes much denser than before. Which means it could be safe to drive 80 or 90 first, but then you would have to slow down to 30 or 40 suddenly, which is rather dangerous on a motorway. That is usually how such accidents happen.
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Old November 19th, 2011, 06:20 PM   #3696
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I tried to make a map of all German Autobahnen which existed in 1943.

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Autobahnen 1943 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr
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Old November 19th, 2011, 08:12 PM   #3697
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Some random comments.
Car between 27 and 24: I'd say rear passengers with no seat belts, hitting front seats.
Car 38: creepy. Extremely violent hit by the damn VW taxi, which was hit by a MB Sprinter (badly damaged cabin), which was hit by a BMW (7er?) whose speed was certainly too high.

In these kind of accidents you can see how much has been done in the last years about cars passive safety. Some years ago you would have seen vehicles totalled by these crashes, today you see that mainly the older ones are badly damaged.

Still I cannot avoid to blame most of those drivers. I live in the Northern Italian plains and dense fog banks are a typical problem we have to cope with.
First of all people don't generally understand they must keep the speed under the visual distance, even in good weather.
What is more, they don't realize that in dense fog the perception of distance is often distorted and can vary very quickly.

The ONLY way to drive safely in fog is to mantain a steady and low speed, keeping wide distances in order to stop the vehicle without sudden slowdowns.
When you see a denser bank coming up, begin to slow down while you're still visible in the clear area, in order to enter the bank at a proper speed. Avoid cruise control and if possible keep a hand ready on the hazard button.
In very serious conditions I drive as described, and I am glad to see that I usually get up to ten vehicles following my lead on the rightmost lane... while morons speed on the left lane, totally blind.

Driving in fog is one of the toughest conditions possible, and still people treat it like a walk in the park
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Old November 20th, 2011, 04:18 AM   #3698
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Hopefully, just hopefully, these accidents might disappear, or at least occur seldom, when all cars have working emergency braking systems which will warn you of stopped cars ahead. (no Volvo test video jokes please

Anyhow, it is utterly stupid to keep a high speed when you know that you’ve run out of safe stopping distance. Regardless of the speed limit, and the road you’re driving on.
Autobahn in fog is only, maybe, slightly safer than any other heavly fogged road. Still some clever people keep driving at 130 with like, 50m, or under 2 seconds of reaction time.

You might drive without accidents your whole life. Or, you might perform your first accident in something like this, 35 years after you got your licence. What happened is a tradegy anyway, and something sensible is hopefully in the pipes to make this less frequent.
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Old November 21st, 2011, 09:52 AM   #3699
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Old November 21st, 2011, 09:55 AM   #3700
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The oldest motorway-to-motorway interchange of Europe turns 75 years today. On November 21st, 1936, the Schkeuditzer Kreuz near Leipzig went into operation. It has been expanded and modernized in the early 2000's

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