Have you ever dreamt of ripping down the highway as fast as you can without risking a speeding ticket? While this is not the smartest idea, there are areas in the developed world where there are no speed limits! The most well-known of these roadways are rural areas of the autobahn in Germany. Occasionally, drivers have been known to hit speeds over 200 mph here. Check out the fastest speeds ever recorded on the autobahn here.
And of course, we shouldn’t forget that while we are accustomed to driving on the right side of the road, many countries across the globe actually drive on the left. It has been suggested that left-lane driving goes as far back as the ancient Roman Empire, where they drove and pushed their carts on the left. Today, the main countries that continue this practice are Britain and its former colonies such as Japan and Indonesia.
Another odd law that you might run into is being required to have your headlights on at all hours of the day. Sweden and Norway both enforce this for safety reasons.
In poorer countries, police will sometimes hold less power, and it can be rare for them to actually pull a vehicle over for a traffic violation. One of the reasons behind this is that the police cars and trucks are dated and poorly maintained, and cannot accelerate fast enough to enforce speeding infractions. If you do happen to find yourself in a situation where you are being flagged down by an officer, do the same thing that you would do here in the states. Move the vehicle to a safe area of the roadway and remember to remain calm while they talk to you!
If a situation presents itself where you are going to be fined due to a traffic violation, the country you are in will dictate how you will need to handle it. Some countries require that you pay the fine on-site, while others might not let you leave the country until the traffic fine has been settled.
Maybe in some ways, we as drivers should learn from other countries. If we all drove more confidently, there would likely be fewer traffic jams on interstates as cars merge in from different roads. However, we should all be grateful for the well-maintained road-ways and intelligent cars that we have access to in the United States.
If you want to talk to our certified driving instructors about what their experiences driving in other countries has been like and tips they might have for your next trip abroad, feel free to give us a call!