It's really just common sense driving etiquette that gets lost on probably 70% of the US population it seems.
You're giving too much credit... I got to drive in Russia, Canada, and now Germany, and the difference in behavior on the road is just astounding. US is much closer to Russia where some drivers use the sidewalk to get around traffic. That said, I drive like a total d!ck in DC, Baltimore, and NYC where you just can't behave like a mentally well balanced person if you want to get anywhere.
What was your observations on motorists using cell phones while driving vs. in the US?
Can't say for sure since I was too busy trying to figure out where to go in the cities to pay much attention to what's going on inside the other cars or just flying down the autobahn. I can say that I've seen a few drivers use their cells at lights.
A note on lights: In Germany, when a light switches from red to green, the yellow lights up for a second or two as a heads up. I though that was a cool idea.
Where did you visit? The driving there is better in every way compared to the states. People pay attention and are courtious to others. Plus a majority of them drive manuals haha
I landed in Frankfurt and stopped by Worms on the way to Heidelberg. +1 on the manuals. When I was walking around, I kept looking into other cars and at least 80% are manuals. And that tally takes into account all forms of transport from eco-sh!t-boxes to cargo vans.
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And they all have great cars... While here in Spain you can find the basic trim Beemers and Benzes, you find top of the line over Germany...
There are a bit more Ms and AMGs but a whole fvck ton of low trim models. There's surprisingly less middle ground than I expected. A vast majority are diesel too. At least in Frankfurt, BMWs are just like Hondas here. They are everywhere and in similar variety too.