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Word of the Week: Sonntagsfahrer

Germany is famous for its fast cars and limitless freeways, but here you especially have to beware of the Sunday driver - at least according to this quirky German word.

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The "Sonntagsfahrer" is a rare species. Only a few exist in Germany, not least because many autobahns have no enforced speed limit. But that's also why the Sonntagsfahrer, which translates to "Sunday driver," can be such a particular nuisance on German roads.

The Sonntagsfahrer is that motorist who drives at a snails pace in front of you in the city. And on the highway don't expect them to go over 60 kilometers (37 miles) per hour. These are the drivers who only feel comfortable in 30 km zones because it's the only place they fit right in.

The term Sonntagsfahrer is also commonly used to describe someone who cannot drive a car very well. These individuals are either so out of practice, or they simply can't cope with being behind the wheel. They are dangerously cautious, and drive as if they only ever use the car on Sundays to take the family on a leisurely trip to the countryside. It sounds quite relaxing really, and maybe it is - at least for the Sonntagsfahrer.

Unfortunately for other motorists, Sonntagsfahrer don't literally live up to their names and can be seen on the roads any day of the week.

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