10th October 2010. Germany despite its high speed expressways has a lower vehicle fatality rate than Australia. To improve Australian statistics, a German expert makes the following suggestions:- increase expressway speed to 140K – mandate trucks to the left lane on 3 lane expressways – reduce all urban roads to 60 Kph – reduce truck speeds ( a truck at 80 kph needs as much stopping room as a car at 120 kph) – separate cyclists from car traffic. He also makes the observation that the Australian habit of driving close to the vehicle in front is extremely dangerous. Personally I believe that the training and testing regime needs to put less emphasis on reverse parking and more on overtaking a truck on a two lane highway at 100kph.
‘Safety doesnt happen by accident’