Ladies, but did you witness any accident on those roads you mention? And why did Polish people drive as you describe? Because they were extremely careless drivers, or because the road was too narrow for such a huge number of cars? Did you ever drive in UK? Did you see how narrow roads they often have there, and what feats the drivers must perform in order to move on, e.g. drive on the sidewalk? That's because the roads are old, built long ago, for horse-carts, not cars. It's so in many places in Europe. Am I right on this one or not, folks?
hands over eyes remember....so no....I didn't "see" any accidents while there. And I will admit my cousin did seem competent behind the wheel....his wife and kids were all sitting calmly the whole way.
As for the condition of the roads. Have you ever been to Boston? Now there are some tiny roads built long ago (yes i know not as long ago as poland) made for horse-carts and not cars - especially not the huge as SUVs that many Americans are fond of driving. Add to that a constant state of construction, badly defined detours and roads that are riddled with pot holes. While I was in Poland all the roads that I drove on seemed to be pretty well laid out and in good repair. So a case could be made that Polish roads are better than roads in some American cities.
I also experience more courteous people in Poland that move over to the shoulder so you can pass. They don't do that here in America....they'd rather you try to pass and crash. Here more people drive and do stupid things out of spite.
I noticed that too. People were much more likely to let a car cut in front of them in Poland that here in the states. Boston has some very aggressive drivers and not the best roads to drive on which don't help. Add to that the SUVs in which people think they are invincible just because they have a huge car...most of my near misses the last few years has been due to an SUV cutting me off because they a)don't see me or b) just don't care because I drive a tiny little Nissan that their car can crush without blinking an eye.