I talk about India to contrast with what you have here. American roads are sanitized to the extreme so that virtually no skill and expereince in required to use them. But that also means that using them does not promote the increase of skill or accumulation of useful expereince. I guess you might argue that America could have road laws and enforcement like Britain or germany, and there would be something in that....I am from India, and I find american roads a prison. A gulag, a guilded cage. It was I who wanted to take his zx-12r back over there, and I still hope to someday.
In India, no one holds your hand to keep you safe from yourself. You can drive/ride as fast as you want, pass in any manner you like, do WHATEVER the hell you want. Over there, I ALWAYS drive at the what I consider the limits of safety. Which essentially means that I drive full throttle ALL the time. Driving in India is incessant, acceleration, braking, turning cornering. its exciting, thrilling, dangerous, addictive. You never get bored, and you never get sleepy, and you are doing something every second. There is NO question of sitting motionless on your a$$ and watching mile markers roll by.
Let me give you an example. here I am in my car on a road with no lane markings, going 95mph. there is a bus ahead of me, going the same direction as me at 60mph, and an oncoming bus at 60mph. I pull out straight into the path of the oncoming bus, shift down and accelerate, barreling straight on at the bus. THe on coming bus driver doe not let off the gas. I overtake the bus on my side, and squeak back into my own side of the road just in time for the oncoming bus to blow past me. Except there is a truck going 30mph right in my path. So I have to get BACK in the opposing lane as soon as the bus is past so I can pass the truck without having to slow down. do you HAVE to drive like this? absolutely not. YOu can stay at 50mph and stay behind the bus, and just cruise along. But if you don't want to, you don't have to. Neither does anyone else. There is no one telling you what you can and can't do. Dangerous, yes. uncivilized, yes. heart explodingly thrilling? oh yeah!
Don't even get me started on the thrills of driving on Indian mountain roads. no such thing as "no passing" zones, yellow lines, speed limits. Nurburgring is boring in comparison.
Every Indian wishes India had roads like americans. And I'll be the first to admit that I want india to have better roads because the lack of this infrastructure is stifling economic progress. But purely for the fun of driving, India is an adventure of a lifetime. You get to drive at the very limits of safety all the time. Either that scares you or it thrills you. If it scares you, don't drive in India. Driving in India is not for pussies.