When you have to adapt to the local roads abroad, but these Dutch roads make me mad!
I visit the Netherlands (not on Michael Jackson's playground, but somewhere often called Holland) often for a business trip. After departing at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, I have to take an hour and a half (up to 2 hours) north to my base for the week.
Exiting Amsterdam and the bustling ring roads is the main challenge for starting the drive. Then the roads become relatively more relaxed and usually have two roads (two highways). I think most of the 3 motorways in the Netherlands are around Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
However, the challenge of driving abroad does not end there. Burning roads are, in my opinion, nuts.
Do not get me wrong, my general impression on the Dutch is good. I find most of them friendly. Some meet as self-conscious and restrained, but this is not universal. They all meet as organized and reasonable people. So why are the Dutch slip roads so blinking dangerous?
In most of the countries I travel to (including the United Kingdom and the United States) there is a fairly standard road-slip layout. You have one way that leads to the exit of the main road. Then down the road there is another road leading to the main highway with tram.
This traditional style can be found throughout the Netherlands, but certainly not like the overwhelming majority of crossroads. 2 in one, effectively the road leading to the highway is also on the way
If you imagine a semicircle road that touches the main road. By pointing the way you slip, you get into the main stream of traffic. At the same time, core traffic has vehicles that try to join your way while trying to get out of the main road.
On top of that you have a different speed from a two-lane highway. The Netherlands is like most other countries I visit, many people do not adhere to the speed limit, and that makes me afraid! Cars on the main highway, trying to get out, slow down their traffic to find a place to board an off road, you're crazy if you do not slow down because some of the slip ways are very short. I saw some about 100-200 yards to get out!
If you add to the mixed cars on the way to slip, trying to join the main highway. They speed up; so it's a real push and push to make it happen. Even the Dutch people I talked about agree to being mad. They say these roads cause many incidents.
Another disappointment with mine is the attitude of people when they are on slippery roads. In the UK, if you are on one of these roads and you are about to join a main road, you are not entitled to the road. These are the rules of slippage. Many people ignore this rule and simply piss their way, despite the faster traffic flow. This is very dangerous and can cause basic traffic to stop abruptly or even worse due to accidents.
I do not know the exact rules in the Netherlands, but there seems to be a race for positioning on and off road surfaces.
The first time I drove to Holland, I found this question a huge disappointment. I went back to Schiphol and met one of these intersections on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Traffic was very heavy, and people were queuing to get off the main road and people to queue. Traffic flowed, albeit at a slow pace.
It was a maniac, and somehow I could not get in the way of slipping. I missed my exit.
It was in the days before satellite navigation. With only written instructions, I had to try to get back. Sometimes it's not as easy as turning to the next junction, especially when it's a highway. It can not be said where a Dutch slipway can take you.
Driving abroad has its challenges. Different traffic signs that know the right of way (varying between countries), adjusting to speed restrictions, and so on. Dutch sliding roads make me mad. They strike me as badly thought out and dangerous.