Driving In America…..

Exploding tires have been attributed to over a hundred deaths in the United States over the past eight years, but inattentive and poorly trained drivers who drink coffee and talking on cell phones can be more concerned with the high number of death sacrifices on US roads.

More than 41,000 deaths were recorded on US roads last year. Experts say US drivers are breaking the rules of the road often and are often not trained to deal with emergency situations. In the European countries with fast and safe roads, people ask: Americans are just bad drivers?

“I drove a lot in Germany, your average American would not be there,” said Robert Sinclair Jr., the spokesman for the New York Automobile Club.

Spectacular speed, strict requirements

United States of America is in an analysis of 28 European countries, North America and Asia by the Federal Highway for Germany in 1998. The Portuguese roads are almost twice as deadly for traffic safety in the middle of the pack in the United States say statistics . German and British roads are safer.

Sinclair said that a good safety balance on German roads are particularly noteworthy because the Germans handled so quickly. More time 140 miles an hour are spread on the streets of the nation, he said.

“There are strict speed limits in the Netherlands.” When you come to Germany when the window is open, you can start to hear the engines start screaming while speeding the German cruise speed, “he said.

German tire nylon caps make it stiffer to make a better handling at high and less likely to lose running speeds. Firestone tires are responsible for the separation of the tread, the tires, like most Americans, have nylons. Firestone officials said the Americans prefer a quieter ride and caps are not required for American driving speeds.

The biggest difference between the two countries are not in the tires, but driving habits, said Alex Landsdorff, press attache at the German Embassy in Washington. German drivers actually follow the rules, he said. Do not cross in the left lane, keep both hands on the steering wheel and act predictably.

“You know what’s behind the guy, and you know what the person in front of you. This is not the case [in the US],” he said.

A German speed, drivers are less likely to be distracted: do not shave, put makeup, do with the CD changer or other things that will make American car drivers take their eyes off the road, said David Meister Center Car Consumers Union Test in East Haddam, Connecticut.

“It is very difficult to find cup holders and the like” in European cars, he said. But American drivers are accustomed to do other things while driving, even continue their dangerous habits, even at high speeds he said.

Safe driving, the strict approval

Germany has been more stringent than the granting of US regulatory requirements. The written German test is harder than the Americans, the minimum driving age is 18 German pilots have to take classes in urban traffic, on country roads, on highways and in the night before to lose on the streets.

Each US state has its own requirements. The average age of a license is 16; Fourteen states offer limited licenses of 14, and you must also be 18 in the driver’s seat in the city of New York. Most states require driver training courses for young drivers. But the quality of the road and written examinations are very variable. Driving trials in a suburb of Virginia, for example, can not mean the behavior of the road or parking.

New drivers in Germany are on probation – similar to a US licensing system used in 40 – where for the first two years, in case of a violation of traffic on the driving school return.

In Japan, the driver can pass the test of the road when they take a $ 2,500 biking course. The written very strict local authorities, police and road tests, people who say Japan led. Most Japanese cities have excellent public transportation systems for non-drivers.

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