Speed lovers will love to hear that the German autobahns have no speed limit, which means that theoretically you can drive the car the as fast as you want. However, the German highways have some speed recommendations, limiting the speed at 80 miles / 130 kilometers per hour. In Germany the autobahns are 8, 000 miles / 12, 845 Km long, which represent the fourth world place, after the Chinese highways system, the American highway system and the Spain highways.
The Transfagarasan Road is definitely not the fastest in Europe, but according to the Top Gear Team, it is the most beautiful road in the entire world. If you decide to rent a car in Romania, there are several car rental companies that will offer you the possibility to enjoy a nice road trip while driving a modern car. Here are the European winners at the fastest highway category:
1. The German autobahns have multiple lanes in each direction which are separated by a barrier in the middle. The Germans began to build the highways during the Nazi regime. In 1936, a number of about 130, 000 workers were involved in their construction.
Speed limits are imposed at junctions and in several dangerous points, which are either repaired or under construction. Some limits have been imposed to reduce noise and pollution, of course. But statistics say that one eight of the entire autobahn system has no speed limit at all. One third of all highways have a permanent speed limit, while the rest have temporary speed limits.
If you are going to drive your car on the autobahn, keep in mind that the left-hand lane is for very fast cars. The speed difference that exists between the lanes on such a highway is the main risk factor, as it is very difficult to approximate the necessary time for a usual overtake.
2. Italy boasts also with The Autostrade, a fast highway where the speed limit is 80 miles / 130 kilometers per hour. What is indeed interesting with the Italian highway system is that under certain circumstances, when there are three lanes in each direction, the speed limit can get up to 95 miles / 150 kilometers per hour. The Autostrade totals no less than 4, 000 miles / 6, 400 kilometers and the biggest part is a toll way. Italy was the first country is the world to start building motorways; the first was ready in 1926. At the end of the 1920’s, about 2, 500 miles / 4, 000 kilometers of highway were ready.
3. The Autoroute system in France offers drivers the possibility of driving with a speed limit of 80 miles / 130 kilometers per hour under normal conditions. Due to the high safety level associated to all highways in the country, this speed limit is a usual one for France. The lanes are larger and there is longer space for acceleration and slowing; in addition to this, the lanes are separated by crash barriers, which are created to resist an impact of a car up to 110 miles / 180 kilometers per hour. There are no intersections, but only tunnels and bridges. There are emergency call centers every mile / 2 kilometers and resting areas every 6 miles / 10 kilometers.
4. The Autobahn in Austria had a speed limit of 100 miles / 160 kilometers per hour, but this was allowed only for a short period of time. At the beginning of the 1920s the Austrians began to consider the idea to build high speed roads across their country, but the first autobahn that has been constructed in Austria was ready only in 1938, linking Salzburg to Vienna. Austria has 18 autobahns currently.
5. The Netherlands boasts also with one of the most modern highway systems in the world. Safety is a major concern for those managing the highways, so the speed limit is 80 miles / 130 kilometers per hour on most of them.