Why do people drive so slowly

Driving slowly can be expensive

Recently, it was about the fuel-saving potential, which can also be found, for example, in anticipatory and slow driving. ÖAMTC driving technique instructor Rupert Schachinger spoke of a saving of around one to two liters per hundred kilometers, which most of them can still manage. So far so good. But then this post appeared in the comments:

Now apart from the fact that this "I zag di au!" Mentality is as annoying as athlete's foot, the question arose: Is that even possible? Can you get away with it? And let me make it short: when my wife asked me yesterday what I was afraid of, I had to admit: "Before a penalty for driving slowly."

Because as my first point of contact for such questions, the driving school owner, driving instructor, traffic expert and word juggler Alexander Seger - yes, I admit, he is one of the few friends I have apart from the aforementioned Rupert Schachinger - immediately confirmed: "Yes, to Driving slowly can be expensive. "

The road traffic regulations in detail

Close your eyes and through the paragraphs. Under §20 driving speed it says in paragraph 1 of the StVO among other things: "He (the driver of a vehicle, note) It is also not allowed to drive so slowly without a compelling reason that it obstructs the rest of the traffic.

And yes, there are parking tickets that are issued for driving too slowly. A Carinthian should pay 80 euros in 2017 because he wanted to drive past a construction site on the B 317 in the Styrian Murtal at no more than 80 km / h. In 2011, a 23-year-old from Salzburg received a penalty notice for not crossing a zebra crossing fast enough at 4:55 a.m. - a car, he testified, could not be seen anywhere, only a police bus suddenly stopped next to him and his three friends.

"We also have to pay attention to driving too slowly during the driving test", explains Alexander Seger: "If the speed falls significantly below the maximum possible speed, the test result is negative." Also because driving too slowly shows that someone is not in control of their vehicle and that he or she may be afraid. And then you can prepare the money for the second time.

From exam practice

In practice, however, it's not that bad, as the following story shows, in which a man was just taking the test for the EzuB, i.e. for permission to pull a heavy trailer with a car. He was driving on the autobahn while the examiner approached him: "You don't even know how fast you can drive here." Whereupon the examinee said, yes, he knew that he was allowed to drive 80 km / h here, but for safety reasons he was driving at 70 km / h. "Behind us, a 40-ton truck is just closing in at 90 km / h, in which the driver is probably cutting his colliery nails - please explain that to me again for safety."

In the end, that had no major consequences, the unusual instruction worked, just as there are probably no consequences if you drive 80 instead of 100 km / h on the Freilandstraße because you don't want to milk the small car between two roundabouts like a racing driver, only to have to brake all the more shortly afterwards. What can become a problem, however, is strolling around and looking around, maybe even filming out of the car, on roads through beautiful areas, as happens in the Wachau or on the South Styrian Wine Route.

For thinking people

A precise definition of when to drive too slowly or when to become disabled is not clearly formulated. "Basically, the StVO is aimed at thinking people," says Alexander Seger. So it is clear that a tractor with two fully loaded trailers will not be able to drive at 80 km / h on the open road. "But that is also a problem," he notes, because these freely interpretable passages are exploited by complainants and lawyers until everything is formulated down to the last detail - and is therefore incomprehensible.

What annoys you more? Speeder or stalker? Have you ever reported someone for driving too fast or too slowly? How fast are you going? A few km / h more than allowed or a few km / h less? And why? Because you can still talk more about the few km / h if you get caught, or because it is more economical to drive slower, less stressful? Tell us how you feel about the speed limits and how well other road users keep to them. (Guido Gluschitsch, November 30th, 2020)

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