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Driving down Donner Pass is quite an experience too.

 

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I really can't comment on driving in he US ayeup, I'd like to do it before I get much older. The point I was making is that lowering speed limits on certain roads may be counter productive. Cars will travel closer together and drivers are more likely to notice things,  like scenery, and be distracted. On our narrow crowded roads it takes but a fraction of a second...

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Driving in the States is easy-peasy once you’re out of the cities, even I’ve done it without panicking!  No wonder the Americans all had great big cars that were like sitting in armchairs, comfort was/is the No. 1 priority over there for the very long distances involved from A to B but I’ve noticed in recent years that smaller cars are on the roads. 

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When I moved here in 89, a small car was called a compact, used to be the usual 2nd car, used by the wife to shop and run about town. The 1st car/truck was used for holidays and getting away with, large enough for comfort AND safety in interstate accidents.

Now we have "subcompact cars", shoeboxes on wheels. How anyone can be comfortable in those I can't work out, they resemble those bubblecars of the 50's and 60's, just a little larger.

The trend here is to buy full sized pickups, crew cabs with all the bells and whistles, large enough to carry five or six people in comfort, add a camper shell to the bed and you can take your family on vacation with all the luggage safe in the bed.

Once you're free of the cities, you find a different sort of driver on the Interstate Hwy's, most are patient considerate drivers, including the semi drivers.

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7 hours ago, Brew said:

 

 

Please don't make this personal letsavagoo.

 

 

Brew.

It was not a go at you at all, or certainly wasn't intended as such but a comment of drivers in general. Really sorry if it came across that way it really wasn't intended. 

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Only problem with driving in the US is everyone drives on the wrong side of the road.

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Only when they are texting, otherwise they drive on the right side of the road...LOL

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On 1/11/2019 at 3:18 PM, poohbear said:

Just found out that as of midnight, Monday 8th January 2019, all cameras on the M1 and M25 went live,

 

Here in Scotland tehre is a stretch of road between Stirling and Inverness, a total of around 138 miles, that is completely covered by average speed cameras. You have to watch your speedo the whole way if you want to keep a licence for more than one trip!  Looks like the English are folling the mad SNP on "Road safety"..... For "Road Safety" read "Money making schemes".

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