Mar 24, 2014

The Auto-Bhan of Israel

It seems like we are practically on our way to getting our own autobahn here in Israel.

The autobahn is a street in Europe famous for not having a speed limit.

Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz yesterday signed an order that will allow the speed limit on "fast highways" to be raised to 120kmph. He intends to approve the limit on Highway 6 to be raised to 120kmph after it finishes some prep work on the road in the coming weeks.
source: NRG

I was on Highway 6 last night. When it is empty - 120 feels slow. What a great road!

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  1. I had a friend who was killed on Kvish 6. It's always a good idea to be cautious.

  2. This is why Israelis sound so ridiculous to the rest of the world. The Autobahn is not a "street in Europe famous for not having a speed limit." It's the German highway system:

    "German autobahns have no federally mandated blanket speed limit,[1]—although limits are posted (and enforced) in areas that are urbanized, substandard, accident-prone, or under construction. In case of bad weather, speed limits come into play and are frequently enforced. On speed-unrestricted stretches, an advisory speed limit (Richtgeschwindigkeit) of 130 kilometres per hour (81 mph) applies. Individual states have the authority to set speed limits for any or all autobahnen they control."

    Very few Germans drive, German cars are the finest in the world, and Germans are notoriously calm, thus there are few problems maintaining a high speed road network in a small country like Germany. Israelis are among the worst drivers on earth, and notoriously hot blooded, thus the speed limits in Israel should be kept as low as possible.

    FWIW, the freeway I drive on here in the states has a 75 mph speed limit in the middle of suburbia. You can jump on, set the cruise control at 85, and never risk getting pulled over by the police. 120 kph really isn't that fast.

  3. Israelis are not even close to.the worse drivers on earth. Look up the stats.

  4. Agree with anon. The bad rep that Israeli drivers have is from the past generation which was mostly, the first or second generation of car drivers. We are now further along and over my past twenty years here, and I definitely see an large improvement in driving ettiquette. In fact, during my trips back to North America during this time, I've noticed a definite degradation in driving ettiquette over there. I do not deny that one needs to be aggressive on the road here, and that 'we' do not tolerate people who hesitate. If you want to change lanes, indicate and go, don't wait for anyone to make room for you. (which is another thing, the vast majority of Israeli drivers do in fact indicate, in contrast to the past generation).

    With regard to the Germans, the unrestricted autobahn system works there because of their inherent yekeh disciplined attitude and behaviour. I do not know how the increased immigration to Germany has affected the accident stats though.

  5. The facts, are much better than people imagine them to be.

    Death's per 100,000 people by Automobile:
    Israel: 3.3
    Germany: 4.4
    US: 10.4

    Deaths per 100,000 cars:
    Israel: 9.5
    Germany: 6.9
    US: 15

    Deaths per 1 billion Kilomoters Driven
    Israel: 5.0
    Germany: 5.6
    US: 8.5

  6. It is 'daas tora' that Route 38 to Beit Shemsh is actually the autobahn of Israel, and that we should URGENTLY import an additional 100,000 people, irrespective of the number of lanes on Route 38. You MUST believe this -- it is 'daas tora.'


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