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Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 21:15:04 +0100
From: "Mark Gerritsma" <nl.autonopsamtmfweb.nld>
Subject: Re: Changing suspension on new 2003 9-3?

Nutmegger <> schreef: > NY to SF in a vehicle? > Was it a Saab by chance? Nope, it was a 14-seat Dodge Van... > Truck tires scare me, the retreads that come flying off them. Again a small difference: trucks on mainland Europe are speedlimited to 80 km/h (50 mph), but because the speedlimtier allows some slack most of the travel at about 88 km/h (=55 mph). At those speeds tires don't blow that often. In the US however I've seen trucks overtaking me, while I was doing 75 mph myself, so they must have been going 80 mpg at least. >> but beware of Dutch driving habits. The average US-driver >> will find a lot of Dutch driver to be very aggresive. > > I drive in NYC and Boston which is the absolute worst. The drivers > around here are agressive too, sometimes I get the same way. > So...I'd fit right in. I've been to NYC, but the traffic didn't look that bad to me. But like I said, go see yourself, because I would be very interested in what you think about our driving habits. >> For the experience also throw in a round of German autobahn. > > Now, you are just teasing me! Why should I? Do you have any idea how big Holland is? From Amsterdam airport to Germany (that's rougly west coast to eastern border) would take about 1 3/4 hours of driving. With a bit of luck you can do north to south in about 3 1/2 hours, both at legal speeds. I live just 20 minutes from the border at a freeway leading straight to the German autobahn. > I can't imagine going 110. I looked down the other day, saw I was > going 80 and went....Ooops. How did that happen? It's just so > smooth, so effortless. Why not? While I was in the US, I was going downhill at a little over 80 mph, whilst driving behind a highway patrol cruiser. I think he must have seen me, but I supect he was more interested in the car in front of him, which changed lanes a lot and tail-gated a few cars (and was going just as fast). There is just one secret to driving on the autobahns: Look behind you very regularly. A fast car or motor cycle may be with you a lot sooner than you expected. And you do not have to drive fast, you're allowed to if you want to. But this is what I like about US interstates: no major speed differences between the cars, thus traffic is much more relaxed. Mark

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