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Old September 4th, 2014, 12:03 AM   #1561
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I must disagree. I usually try to stick to the speed limit on motorways as accurately as possible (without having cruise control) and usually end up overtaking more cars than getting overtaken by. Not just Denmark but many other countries as well, and I couldn't really call the Danes the craziest ones.
It's only one year that I was last time in Denmark but I was seriously surprised about how many cars drove significantly over the speed limit.
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Old September 4th, 2014, 12:20 AM   #1562
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It's only one year that I was last time in Denmark but I was seriously surprised about how many cars drove significantly over the speed limit.
Maybe it's the proximity of the German Autobahns, that makes many feel as they were prolonged in DK (Furthermore, a RAB was built during occupation).
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Old September 4th, 2014, 12:58 PM   #1563
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Perhaps. People in the West of the country drive a lot faster than in the East.

But the average speed on the motorways has actually decreased since the speed limit was raised from 110 to 130 years ago.

Now most people respect the speed limit. Some speculate that it's because people find the faster speed limit "fair" and thus stay within it.

Huge fines, the increased risk of getting caught, the prospect of loosing the drivers license, higher fuel prices and a government strategy to advance the sales of small fuel efficient "micro cars" also play in.

I drive a lot slower than I did years ago as well and it seems most others do as well- except the odd youngster going 170 in an old BMW.
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Old September 4th, 2014, 03:13 PM   #1564
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There was a trial with 90 km/h on regular roads in Denmark in 2011. They found out the average speed actually went down, there was less passing and thus less excessive speeding.
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Old September 4th, 2014, 10:32 PM   #1565
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There was a trial with 90 km/h on regular roads in Denmark in 2011. They found out the average speed actually went down, there was less passing and thus less excessive speeding.
When will they raise the general speed limit on country roads to 90?
I think, considering the standard of many A roads, 80 is really slow.
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Old September 4th, 2014, 11:10 PM   #1566
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Yes, from all Scandinavian drivers, I'd say the Danes are the most aggressive ones, but they do generally stick to the limits. Unfortunately (in my experience) they also stay in overtaking lanes way to long.



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Old September 4th, 2014, 11:11 PM   #1567
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Old September 4th, 2014, 11:38 PM   #1568
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Old September 5th, 2014, 12:00 AM   #1569
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I drive on Danish motorways a lot. I make different experiences. There are those who never go more than 110, for the old times' sake, or whatever. There are also those who overtake a car doing 130 on the right lane with 132 on the left lane. Takes forever.

Then, there are those who drive quite aggressively, often young businessmen in big Ausdis (just an example)

But what struck me most is the following. I drive on the right lane, doing 130 and approach a truck in front of me. Soon I have to change to the left lane if I don't want to slow down. I see another car approaching from behind on the left lane, doing like 140-150. But then the surprise: he slows down to let me in !!

Imagine that in Italy
or even in Germany
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Old September 5th, 2014, 01:14 AM   #1570
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I do that too, but I prefer if the driver uses his blinker to at least let me know that he wants to overtake a truck I usually slow down if I drive significantly faster than the driver on the right, to be able to react if he really pulls left.
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Old September 5th, 2014, 04:25 AM   #1571
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Please do not slow down too much to let someone in on busy motorways, forcing others behind you to slow down as well. It will lead to a domino effect, as people generally slow down when they see braking lights ahead. Before you know it, traffic comes to a standstill. This is a major problem in the UK, where everybody lets everybody in, creating congestions. Also, do not indicate to change lanes when you are not going to change lane immediatly. You must let overtaking traffic pass first before you put your blinkers on, as it can create panic braking.

Listen to your Uncle Road_UK boys and girls...
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Old September 5th, 2014, 10:13 AM   #1572
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At what point does this happen? 30km/h over the limit?
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Old September 5th, 2014, 10:40 AM   #1573
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You where talking about people driving in the outer lane(s) andi was just agreeing with you, that's all.
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Old September 5th, 2014, 12:46 PM   #1574
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I was on my mobile last night through the app. Couldn't see that you bolded that bit
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Old September 5th, 2014, 12:54 PM   #1575
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Old September 5th, 2014, 03:37 PM   #1576
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Also, do not indicate to change lanes when you are not going to change lane immediatly. You must let overtaking traffic pass first before you put your blinkers on, as it can create panic braking.
Exactly the opposite as I was taught in driving school decades ago.

They taught to put your blinkers on when you decide to change lanes, were it possible at that point or not. This creates absolutely no obligation to those behind you, it merely gives them information. This information doesn't hurt them in any way.
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Old September 5th, 2014, 05:33 PM   #1577
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Exactly the opposite as I was taught in driving school decades ago.

They taught to put your blinkers on when you decide to change lanes, were it possible at that point or not. This creates absolutely no obligation to those behind you, it merely gives them information. This information doesn't hurt them in any way.
Forget everything you're told in school. Safety standards now prove otherwise.
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Old September 6th, 2014, 02:21 PM   #1578
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Exactly the opposite as I was taught in driving school decades ago.

They taught to put your blinkers on when you decide to change lanes, were it possible at that point or not. This creates absolutely no obligation to those behind you, it merely gives them information. This information doesn't hurt them in any way.
Sorry for the OT, but this is the exact opposite of what the Spanish driving code says -the "mirror-signal-maneuver" rule: you must wait to turn on your indicator until you are sure that you can change lanes.
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Old September 8th, 2014, 11:21 AM   #1579
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At what point does this happen? 30km/h over the limit?
If the speed limit is exceeded by more than 40% (and is caught) you need to take a new driving test within 3 months, otherwise you loose your license.
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Old September 8th, 2014, 05:47 PM   #1580
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Exactly the opposite as I was taught in driving school decades ago.

They taught to put your blinkers on when you decide to change lanes, were it possible at that point or not. This creates absolutely no obligation to those behind you, it merely gives them information. This information doesn't hurt them in any way.
This creates a driving environment where people demand others to get the hell out of their way by turning on the signals. This leads to a driving style where people expect a right of way by turning on the signals.

(I also don't understand why the French leave the left turn signal on the entire time while overtaking, although it seems to happen less than before).
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