today I will focus on the differences in driving between the USA and Germany. First of all there are a couple of reasons which make me feeling well living in Germany. In Germany, people are allowed to drive without a speed limit on some autobahn stretches. In contrast speed limits in the USA are posted everywhere on streets and highways, which sometimes makes people feeling boring while driving. Many Germans like to be allowed to drive their car as fast as they want.
Another difference exists concerning the visibility of highway patrol or “Autobahnpolizei”. In the USA, the highway patrol is highly visible and uses radar to catch speeders. Automatic radar cameras are not that common. The German “Autobahnpolizei” is less visible, but many automatic radar cameras also help catch speeders.
Furthermore, the gasoline is relatively cheap in the USA including a low tax rate. The Germans are confronted with gasoline cost twice the US rate. Besides in the US, most cars have an automatic transmission. “Stick-shift”, manual- transmission cars are rare, which is completely different to Germany where most cars have a “stick-shift”, manual transmission. Automatic- shift cars are rare.
Finally the US citizen are allowed to start driving when becoming 16 years, but the license must be renewed periodically. In contrast the German driver license could be very expensive, probably up to 3,000 USD, but is good for whole life. A German guy is allowed to drive with 18 years but also has the possibility to drive with 17 years if parents join him.
All in all I ask myself very often why Americans especially in the Palm Beach area spent much money for getting cars such as Porsche or Mercedes, because of the strict speed limit regulation in the USA. Probably it is just useful for having a status symbol. Besides during my first time in the USA I was very surprised about the number of street lines. In Germany the “Autobahn” consists usually of three lines, in contrast to the USA where I noticed sometimes four or five lines but also in cities. By finding a reason for this issue, I thought about the size of cars, which will be the topic for my next post in some days…
The US definition of the word “breakfast” seems to be very different from the german definition, which can be noticed in the following picture. The American emphasize an other kind of food for breakfast as the Germans, but which picture shows the American type and which one shows the German type of breakfast??
I hope everybody is able to see the difference. 😉 The three picture on the top show typical contents of an American breakfast, such as pencakes with syrup, oatmeal, sausages and french toast. So the American prefer a very sweat kind of breakfast, which could be the reason why most of the Germans are perplexed while seeing an American breakfast for the first time.
During my first time in the US, I was amazed about the difference…Why don’t they have any kind of brown bread called “Vollkornbrot” in Germany or “Brötchen” which is hard to translate into English but can be seen in the box in the picture under point 2.
For the Germans it would be a big challenge to adapt to this kind of breakfast because essentially they need different kinds of bologna, salami or turkey which is shown in the left bottom corner of the picture under point 2. Additionally they need different kinds of cheese such as the Edam cheese which is shown in the right bottom corner of the picture.
Fortunately, the American grocery stores offer these food, so that all the Germans staying in the US would be able to start the day with a nearly German breakfast. An other possibility, which I prefer sometimes, could be focussing on the lunch while improvising the breakfast 😉
P.S. The answer of the question below my first blogpost: There is no “official national language” in the USA.
Hey everybody, or “Hallo an alle”,
I’m Tobi and I’m from Germany but I live currently in West Palm Beach, Florida because of passing a semester abroad.
I will start my new blog about the difference of the US and German culture. During the next weeks I’m going to present several culture topics which characterize the USA and Germany. In this juncture I want to provide some funny insights into the way of life of both of these countries. In addition I attempt to add a few of my experiences which I get during my semester abroad.
All in all I hope you enjoy reading the blog 😉
Think about the following…I was surprised about the answer.
…Do you know which language holds the status “official national language” in the USA??