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Ins and outs of driving in Europe

August 29, 2004

Regarding "Driving in Europe: It's Not That Tough" [Her World, Aug. 22], there are a couple of caveats:

There are hordes of bicyclists in the cities -- especially in Northern Europe -- who are often mandated the right of way over cars and people.

On the superhighways, it is wise to move quickly if you signal to change lanes to the right, because motorists behind you will begin passing in your lane before you're out of it.

F. Daniel Gray

Los Angeles


SUSAN SPANO'S Her World overlooked the greatest hazard to life and limb in European driving -- the dreaded roundabouts in England. This handling of merging roads is the "whirling dervish" of autos, a roundabout madness on hapless American drivers.

A taxi driver advised me to always yield to the right. That seemed like OK advice, but as drivers enter this whirlwind, do they stay in the outer, middle or inner lanes? At what point do they change lanes to escape this insanity of circling?

Cal Parker



Diesel cars are common in Europe and are a regular part of the fleet of car rental agencies. Take care to understand which fuel to use in the car. (I learned the hard way.)

Kent J. Smith

Granada Hills

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