Driving in Germany, I always put my groceries and purchases either on the passenger seat or the back seat of my car. No one used the trunk of the car except for bigger Ikea purchases, and only if those didn’t fit on the back seat.
Now being an American driver (whoop whoop!), I have adapted the very common custom of only using the trunk of my car. In the first few weeks, I still hung on to my old habit and relationship with the back seat. But I have changed quickly. Now, even one-bag-errands find their way to the trunk of my car.
Ok, having an trunk-open-thee-button on my car key does help a little…
But it’s fascinating how different cultures have different customs, even when it comes down to using your car and storage.
Another interesting anecdote is the use of the car horn. Americans sparsely use this little, harassing instrument. In the 4 weeks I have been driving here, I have not been honked at once. And I frequently drive slower to make a curb or such (being new to the area).
Now Germans use it in overdose. If you take 5 seconds too long to start driving when the light hits green, you’ll get a harassing reminder to use your right foot from the car behind you. That can be pretty annoying, not to mention pressuring.
On the other hand, Americans do not seem to know how to overtake slower vehicles on the freeway in a quick manner. When the slower vehicles drives at 65 mph, the overtaking vehicle will drive at 68 mph, so as to stay in the speed limit (presumably). This results in the cars driving more or less parallel for a few miles. For me, that is very strange indeed and defeating the purpose of an overtake altogether. Germans, they floor it when overtaking.
So many more interesting anecdotes are uncovered every day. And I will enjoy sharing them with you. So stay tuned!
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