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Should America create an Autobahn

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Started: 12/5/2018 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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shazammie127

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I believe that America should create an Autobahn based off of the fact that America is the land of the free and what is more free than being able to drive as fast as you may want.
ghostintheshadows

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The truth is that this is simply the worst idea that I have ever heard. As glamorous as an autobahn may sound, It is simply downright dangerous. No offence intended to Americans, But they cannot drive without some kind of incident. Crash. Argument. Driving off a cliff. It's always some accident. In Germany, People can actually drive sensibly. Americans cannot. Can you even imagine a drunk person swerving from lane to lane on a motorway with no speed limit? Recipe for disaster.

The one fact that everyone knows about the Autobahn is that you can drive really fast on it. That's true, But not for the whole thing. There are unrestricted speed sections of the Autobahn, As well as areas with speed limits, Which is a good thing!

Though the whole Autobahn system isn't unrestricted, Large, Primarily rural sections are- enough for you to get from point A to point B way faster than you would in the US. The problem is that German drivers are especially good because of a strict licensing test system. Don't believe me? Get a middle-aged German and US citizen and give them a road rule and driving test.

To get a license in Germany, You are required to take tons of driving lessons, Including several where you're taken on the actual Autobahn and put into real, High-speed traffic. Drivers must receive basic first aid training and on top of that, You still have an incredibly difficult multiple choice exam the road test.

All of this can take up to 6 months to finish up if it's done successfully and it could cost over $2, 000

If you want to drive in Germany you need to be dedicated, Which makes for better drivers. And better drivers means fewer accidents, Fewer accidents means fewer deaths: Germany has far fewer motor vehicle-related fatalities (per 100, 000 people) than the US.

Roads in Germany are very well maintained. To accommodate higher speed traffic, Autobahn road surfaces are constructed with multiple layers of concrete. Autobahn roads are also inspected regularly for irregularities in the road surface or damage. If anything is found during these inspections, The whole area of the road around the damaged section is replaced.

On the Autobahn, Like most roads in America, The left lane is strictly the passing lane; for everything else, You must keep right. If you're not passing anyone and you're just travelling, You have to move your car over to the right.

The main difference between the two countries is that in Germany, Motorists ACTUALLY RESPECT THIS RULE. In America, It rarely happens. Because Germans pay such close attention to this rule, Traffic is able to flow much more freely on their highways.

Cars in Germany are required to have regular, Thorough inspections to make sure they're safe for road use. These inspections help limit the number of potentially dangerous cars that endanger their own occupants and other motorists. Inspections in some states in America are a complete joke compared to what German cars go through. Germany maintains a countrywide standard, Whereas US inspections are handled on a state-by-state basis.

When some folks see police cars, They get nervous " even if they"re not doing anything illegal. Thankfully that"s something you rarely have to worry about while on the Autobahn.

It"s rare to see German police (Polizei) on the Autobahn. And if you do see them, You likely don"t have much to worry about. Unless you"re tailgating or speeding in a speed-limited area or doing something else illegal. Stop doing that.

There aren"t too many police on German roads, Yes, But if caught tailgating you"re in for a hefty fine. Worst case scenario: you could be stuck with a $450 ticket. In America, You"d be lucky if a state trooper even bat an eye.

Though it"s difficult to connect tailgating directly to the cause of rear-end collisions, When you tailgate, You have less time to react to abrupt situations that could happen in front of you. In 2015, The National Transportation Safety Board reported that rear-end collisions kill about 1, 700 people every year and leave around 500, 000 people injured. Props to Germany for actually enforcing an important law.

Currently, The only vehicles that have to pay up are trucks. This isn"t just great because you don"t have to shell out cash, But because it means no intermittent stops along the way. There has been talk of implementing tolls on the Autobahn for some cars, But it hasn"t happened just yet. Better take advantage while you can.

Overall, America creating an Autobahn is the worst idea I have heard.
The Autobahn is in Germany and NOT in America for a reason
Debate Round No. 1
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by luanism 3 years ago
luanism
Would be interesting, But seeing as America already has it's issues adding something like this certainly wouldn't make things any better. Besides that, I believe that there should be less of a charge on speeding/other HTA. So for example, Being able to drive fast as long as you're a certain level of driving and/or don't kill people in the process. Furthermore, If you were to ever get into an accident/kill somebody while driving you are to 1. Never drive again 2. Be put into jail for life. Something on the lines of that.
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