Chasing European Streets: An Experience Of First Timer



This time we thought to spend our vacations in a different manner and making our trip some unusual and an extraordinary experience one. Therefore, we went ahead for chasing trails in spectacular Europe wherein we drove over 5000 kilometers passing through 5 European countries. I discovered that driving here facilitates for numerous benefits than driving in the home streets in North America. Actually, I believe that everyone maintains and follows certain rules. Below are some descriptions of my enchanting experiences in Europe.

1. No Passing on the Right:

I found that this rule is totally restricted in each and every country where I have paid my visit. If you get hold of the police, while you are excitingly chasing a vehicle by being on the right path of the highway, then surely you will be given a serious ticket. Here, you are only allowed to pass through the left lane, and after that if someone has done the passing in that lane and you take a move to the middle or right side immediately, then you are sure enough to take a hazardous risk of endangering lives by crashing into a Ferrari or Mercedes, although you drive at a speed of 160 km an hour.

In the left lane, nobody bothers to make there time still by waiting in the line as they sneak by passing by. Even they have a positive attitude as they do not comment when someone goes by creeping to search for a way, while they are stuck in the bottleneck on the roads. Imagine if this rule would be abruptly followed by North Americans! Such a big transformation…

But however, this system is very helpful in maintaining safety and keeping the lives secured as the outer world follows their own rule of passing by the both sides which can lead to road mishaps and traffic muddle.

2. No Speed Limits:

Here, the speeding rules are somewhat totally different. Some countries like Switzerland and Austria have imposed stringent speed limits, while others seem to allow for more liberty over the same. Like Germany allows for more freedom, however Italy appears to be lacking behind in a slack manner where there were no traffic rules even in the vulnerable areas of construction zones.

So, if you are a kind of person who is passionate about driving, then the most commendable is Germany. It is a perfect paradise for driving however some of its roads and highways maintain speed limits, like for an instance when you have caught the route of Autobahn, you will find display of 130 with a gash on it, head in the right lane and observe the sophisticated vehicles passing swiftly.

The speed travels are exhilarating as well as scaring. Obviously, there are negative sides of no speed limit like it can give way to terrific shattering road accidents ending up in losing lives. I do not feel that somebody should take risks pertaining to life, now it also depends on person-to-person perspective. However, I don’t desire to be a race driver by anyways.

3. No Right Turn on Red:

This rule is a wiser implementation as it allows for safety of pedestrians as well for other drivers. Because they do not need to worry about a car intruding in between the crossroads waiting for turning on a red light. This actually prevents from triggering catastrophic accidents, in Vancouver most of the incidents were incited by havoc practice. However this way is suitable for drivers and one ponders over how much time can be saved with right turns on red lights.

4. Priority of the Right – Belgium:

Truly an antagonistic one, Belgium has hostile drivers who do not entertain new cars arrival on the highways by the way of changing lanes where the cars have to literally struggle for finding their way on highways. The precedence of the right at junction indicates that the cars arriving from that way have a priority over you. The cars gushing from that direction pass swiftly in high speeds without even bothering to watch a careful look towards your side.

Even then you are accountable of checking whether anyone is arriving or not from the right direction if the crossway has overlooked any sign stops. Therefore it is your responsibility to check the common sights of traffic mirrors for assuring that you are not t-boned in business center Brussels. According to me, this country cannot facilitate for safe and cozy driving.

European streets5. Cars and Bikes – Live and Let Live:

This was a very moralistic concern I noticed in whichever cities and countries I visited. Be it cars, motorcycles, bikes or bicycles, they seem to be peaceful amongst themselves and share the space passively. In Vancouver where we just leave it through our mouths, it is actually practiced in Europe. I think, this is because of mellowness of biking culture which today seems to be dominant and taken its roots.

Those who are commuters and students traveling for reaching offices, schools or colleges are given a priority. I think this is amazing as they respect for each other. Also, the bike streets are maintained separately from those car lanes or if not this, they are noticeable because they have been marked of colored pavements. However when they pass by the car lanes, they are not screamed at. This practice offers for safety and no worries of being crushed by cars or bigger vehicles.

Travel tip:

If you are coming for a trip without your own car, then make it a point that you book your car much hand before you leave for the holiday. Make sure that you totally analyze and opt for a better economical deal rather than an expensive one; you do on your arrival from the airport. Try to opt for a diesel vehicle as it would save your unnecessary costs on fueling, this will help you when you have to travel a lot. Also, diesel fuel is the cheapest in Europe. Follow these, and make your trip a happier one. Follow the traffic rules and make your trip a safe journey.

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