Not funny anymore
- Feb 6, 2008
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Why is there no "speed limit" on the Autobahn? I can't imagine myself going 180 km/h along a road with cars passing by at a faster speed. :blink:
Simple: Because we don't like speed limits.
In the 1970s, during the oil crisis, the German government experimented with speed limit 100 on all Autobahns, but a campaign by the German automobile club ADAC against this speed limit resulted in the current situation: Since 1978, there is a recommended speed of 130 km/h, but you are free to exceed it on your own risk - if you have an accident at more than 130 km/h, you are also sharing a part of the blame in the end (unless you can prove that the resulting damage would have also happened at 130 km/h)
Also, there is no real reason to set a speed limit - even safety is no issue, the Autobahns are the roads with the lowest risk of accidents: Its 1.9 deaths per billion car kilometres (5.6 in total in Germany), while 31% of the traffic goes over the Autobahns here - an average daily traffic of 48,710 cars. Only 11% of the deaths in road traffic happen on a Autobahn.
For comparison: In the USA you have a total number of deaths of 6.8 per billion car kilometres, at a daily highway traffic of just 39.634 (24% of the traffic). Despite quite many speed limits.