Accident-free zone: The German town which scrapped all traffic lights and road signs

A small town in Germany which scrapped all its traffic lights and road signs in a bid to cut down on crashes reported yesterday that the experiment is ‘a total success’.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.dailymail.co.uk

Could it work where you live? I’d have to say in my friendly suburb of Torbay it might (in winter anyway), any further out and I would hate to be the politician or engineer that suggested it.

People who have been driving for years still don’t seem to know which hand is left and which is right. Red lights apparently mean go fast so that you can beat the bastards who think they can start driving when their lights turn green.

Lots of people wonder what the stick is on the steering wheel that they accidentally push as they turn a sharp corner, but cleverly in newer cars it bounces back again after the turn has been completed.It indicates something, but don’t trust it because if you watch 20 cars go in the same direction through a roundabout, I guarantee you that there will be an equal number having the right indicator on as the left one; that is if they are driving with the right hand on the steering wheel. If they are on the phone, that’s probably in their right hand and they won’t have to accidentally tap the lever and confuse other drivers, because the hand is nowhere near he steering wheel. They might miss their turn and have to go all the way around the roundabout a second time, further confusing people though. I mean if I watched you go past every exit, I might just assume that you were getting off at the last one. You know the rule, never assume because it makes an ass out of u and me.

Merge like a zip at on-ramps explains why so many trousers and jeans have to go to the tailor to be fixed. It’s a wonder there aren’t more people going to Accident and Emergency through this simple act of closing the gap, thereby getting their privates caught in the zip. It does make entertaining viewing on webcams. You can add some music as they cause the concertina effect as 30 cars slow down during the merge and towies love it too, because some of them would probably go broke if it wasn’t for the nose to tails that occur during this difficult manoevre of getting onto a motorway.

Following distance is something that greenies invented, the idea is that if you follow close enough to the car in front of you, you can clean your windscreen with their water.

I was really impressed with the speed zone of 30km per hour in this study, because when I was in Germany last year, the average driver drove at 30km over the speed limit everywhere. But at least they mostly did it in the fast lane.

In New Zealand we don’t have a fast lane. Here we have our own sets of rules. Take the Harbour Bridge for example, people change lanes constantly in the 80km per hour zone so they can drive at 90, but then when they get to the motorway proper, they still sit in the fast lane at 90 forcing others who want to drive at the 100km per hour target to undertake them, stay alongside long enough to show the slower driver one or two of their fingers, perhaps a demonstration of intellectual prowess; (Today was brought to you buy the number two) and then zip in front of them and cut them off to teach them a lesson about driving etiquette and consideration for others.

 

 

 

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About Luigi Cappel

Writer for hire, marketing consultant specialising in Location Based Services. Futurist and Public Speaker Auckland, New Zealand
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