How To Drive Fast In Germany’s Autobahn
Overtaking on the left is not only dangerous, but those who choose to overtake in this manner, will give a poor impression to other drivers that you are indeed an undisciplined driver who is ignorant of the law and rules of driving. It may at times, even lead to unwanted squabbles and quarrels amongst motorists.
In one of my earlier articles elsewhere in this blog, I related a real, but unfortunate accident, which happened near the Hotel Hilton, traffic light junction in Petaling Jaya, many years ago.
In the above incident, Filipino singers, twin brothers, Michael and Angelo, popularly known as the “Ninja Turtles”, got into a fight with some ruffians, over an “overtaking” incident. This finally led to one of the twin brothers being stabbed in the chest and finally succumbing to his injuries.
Overtaking on the left on the expressway, especially by drivers of large vehicles such as 7 ton lorries, buses and trailers, obviously cause road shoulder damaged by these heavy vehicles. Concessionaires and the government have to bear expensive repairs and maintenance of the highways and expressways involved.
As responsible and law abiding citizens, we should act responsibly and avoid causing damage to our highways and expressways wherever we can. In short, do avoid overtaking on the left, if you can.
1) Road hogging on our expressway and highways.
While in Malaysia we have expressways and highways, in Germany, I have been told, have “autobahns”. Vehicles in the above country travel at very high speeds of over 250 – 300 km/h. friends who have visited the Germany republic, tell me that a driver there can be summoned for driving too slowly on a German “autobahn” or highway.
As said earlier, Malaysian expressways and highways here have a maximum speed limit of 110 km/h. Malaysian highways normally have 4 lanes. The outermost lane, as we all know, is the “overtaking” or fast lane.
Drivers who use our “lebuhraya” or “highways” should know that the outermost lane is meant for “overtaking”. In the event of a driver completing his “overtaking” procedures, he or she should ideally move back to the left lane as soon as possible. This is to avoid blocking other drivers who may wish to overtake us.
But sad to say, that there are many drivers amongst us Malaysians, who are “guilty” of committing what is called “road hogging”. What represents “road hogging”? In my humble opinion, “road hogging” is when a motorist who has completed his overtaking maneuvers on the highway, chooses to travel along the outermost lane, thereby preventing other motorists from overtaking.
These “hoggers”, as we call them, refuse to move back to the middle or left lane of the super highway, thus causing inconvenience and anger to other road users. Such behaviour can very well go on to cause accidents and displeasure to other road users.
Drivers are hereby advised not to hog the right lane. Be considerate, move back to the left, slow lane, in fairness to other road users. In short, avoid road hogging. It would augur well for all Malaysian drivers who travel inter-state, from Penang to Singapore and vice versa, to avoid road hogging roads.
2) Crossing into the chevron lines on the road.
“Chervon” lines are V shaped white lines on the road or expressways, which are found upon going up bridges, approaching traffic lights and toll booths. They are normally used to denote when 2 roads meet. Ideally, they are intended to allow traffic policemen to push broke down vehicles into it to avoid causing traffic jams.
Avoid speeding into chevrons wherever you can. If however you should inadvertently cross into them, and if you are unlucky enough to seen by a traffic officer, there is a high possibility if you being given a summons.
Should readers wish to know more about “chevrons”, kindly refer to an earlier article on it, which has appeared somewhere in this blog.
Hopefully, Malaysian drivers, after reading this short but important article on “road hogging” and “crossing into chevrons”, will become better disciplined drivers and as a result contribute to reducing road accidents in this country!