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  • Can you challenge over zealous speed limits?
  • Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Not quite enough angst, nowhere near enough pages and I’ve been sick twice eating 3 family Christmas tins of biscuits.

    None of the trolls have got a bite yet IMO. Someone needs to take this thread but the scruff of the neck.

    allan23
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    And there we go again, someone who’s been brainwashed into thinking that only speeding = bad driving

    You are the Stig and I claim my Β£5.

    Premier Icon terrahawk
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    And there we go again, someone who’s been brainwashed into thinking that only speeding = bad driving.

    That’s cos it’s bad driving mate.
    Trying to justify speeding = spouting nonsense.

    agent007
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    That’s cos it’s bad driving mate.
    Trying to justify speeding = spouting nonsense.

    Really, can you please explain how doing 100mph on a very quiet motorway in good dry, clear conditions, in a well maintained modern car (with in my case a maximum speed of 180mph) is bad driving?

    Equally are you able to grasp the concept that even driving at 20mph (below the 30mph limit) might not be a good idea outside a school at closing time or down a road with busy bars on late at night?

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    Really, can you please explain how doing 100mph on a very quiet motorway in good dry, clear conditions, in a well maintained modern car (with in my case a maximum speed of 180mph) is bad driving?

    Because the Highway Code and laws of the land say so. Don’t like it, move to Germany….

    Edit: or take your chances, highly unlikely you’ll ever see traffic police. Just don’t complain if you do.

    Peyote
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    Birdstrikes are worse at 100mph than at 70mph, so are blow outs and other similar failures. Motorways are not sterile environments so there’s always the chance of something unexpected.

    Plus there’s the pollution, inefficiency, excess consumption arguments.

    Speed justification is always narrowed down to the simplest factor when they are asked why they choose to do it. Ultimately though, it’s just because they want to and don’t really care about any impact.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    speeding can be fun and in appropriate places will not add significantly to danger. However those appropriate places get fewer and few as urban areas extend and traffic gets heavier

    also speeding does not significantly reduce journey times. You spend such a small part of your journey at speed that it makes little difference unless you have deserted roads for many miles.

    Even in my bad old days of hooning around on fast bikes I was very selective in when and where I would break the speed limits. Never in 30 and 40 limits, only on dry clear roads.

    Here for example – long straight road with no side turnings. good surface, good visibility. Only when traffic is low of course ( edit – talking about doing 70 – 80 not 120 honest
    https://goo.gl/maps/GeHL9k9f3zP2

    b r
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    I can only assume that people who continually push for lower speed limits in non-urban environments either don’t drive or don’t drive very far/often.

    I’m certainly glad that when I was doing +40k miles pa that the only speed camera’s were the ones held by policemen, and that pretty much any road in the country was a NSL.

    And folk going slow on fast roads does my head in too, but at least I know how to overtake (and that doesn’t include waiting in turn Mol :D).

    b r
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    Because the Highway Code and laws of the land say so. Don’t like it, move to Germany….[/I]

    You do know that most autobahns are NOT unrestricted don’t you?

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    100mph on motorways – nope nope nope. ~too unpredictable what will happen braking and reaction distances are greatly increased

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    You do know that most autobahns are NOT unrestricted don’t you?

    yep. and the german approach to speeding fines is much more business like.

    ahwiles
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    agent007 – Member

    can you please explain how doing 100mph on a very quiet motorway in good dry, clear conditions, in a well maintained modern car, blah blah blah

    define ‘very quiet’

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    define ‘very quiet’

    M25/M3/M40 – more than 6ft between cars.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Really, can you please explain how doing 100mph on a very quiet motorway in good dry, clear conditions, in a well maintained modern car (with in my case a maximum speed of 180mph) is bad driving?

    johnx2
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    …whilst it’s not quite fizzling out, it’s like there’s just not enough testosterone for this thread to properly take off. Perhaps everyone’s just a bit knackered after a long year? Or just getting old?

    Come on – all the ingredients are here, someone needs to properly go for it…

    Premier Icon Yak
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    I suspect this would have gone big, but alas, there were some handbags in a carpark causing a distraction.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Another demonstration to my post above about how speeding really does not sve you much time at all on a journey.

    A good few years ago I was driving back from glencoe to Edinburgh 120 miles mainly on A roads – 2 3/4 hr drive according to the AA. A mate left at the same time. He drove to speed limits. I didn’t going as fast as I dared. I stopped for petrol. He got back to Edinburgh before me. So I maybe saved 10 mins maximum. From this and the other I posted earlier I believe speeding will save you maybe 3 mins in the hour driving. So if saving time is your rationale then its completely bogus. Just leave 5 mins earlier.

    My point is if you are speeding accept you are doing it because yo enjoy it not for any utilitarian reasons and also when you get nicked its your fault and don’t bleat about it

    johnx2
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    @yak you’re right – that’s got everything. Race(ism), police, supermarkets, parking and volvos. Bit of a relief really, I was getting worried.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    What I don’t get, is why it’s so hard for people to admit to bad driving. I would, if anyone asked! I’m a shit driver, impatient, reactive and I bloody hate driving, so want it to be over as quickly as possible. I’m not dangerous, but I am shit.
    ‘It’s bad driving mate.’ Yep, I know, sorry.

    sbob
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    I’m partly to blame for converting from petrolhead to carless ecowarrior.

    This is purely so I can raise my sanctimony levels on here though and call you all out for being selfish polluting bastards.
    I still advocate overtaking molgrips though, love the sound of a burbling V8 and the smell of burning methanol.

    whitestone
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    Hammering it really doesn’t gain you much time. Back to my A65 example: from home to the M6 along the A65 is 45 miles and takes 57mins if I am heading that way at 5am and drive at the speed limit, hard braking to get down to the 30MPH and 40MPH limits through the villages rather than easing off and coasting into them. If there’s normal traffic then it takes me 60mins, if there’s heavy traffic, agricultural vehicles and the like then it’s about 64-65mins.

    A stop at a filling station for fuel/trail snacks/taking a leak negates any time advantage.

    irc
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    Birdstrikes are worse at 100mph than at 70mph, so are blow outs and other similar failures

    Any stats for the number of accidents caused by bird strikes?

    sbob
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    molgrips – Member

    My point is that when most drivers look before pulling out of junctions, they are expecting you to be doing 50-60 if it’s nsl. If you are some distance away, the driver may nit notice, and think there is plenty of room. Well in distance terms, there is lots of room, but your speed takes that room away.

    That’s why you don’t speed near junctions. πŸ’‘
    NEXT!

    sbob
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    allan23 – Member

    GPS controlled speed limiters in cars, a bit big brother but probably the only way to cure selfish driving

    Almost all driving is selfish. Don’t think sticking to speed limits gives you the higher ground. πŸ’‘

    Premier Icon terrahawk
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    Really, can you please explain how doing 100mph on a very quiet motorway in good dry, clear conditions, in a well maintained modern car (with in my case a maximum speed of 180mph) is bad driving?

    Equally are you able to grasp the concept that even driving at 20mph (below the 30mph limit) might not be a good idea outside a school at closing time or down a road with busy bars on late at night?

    As has already been said, there’s plenty that can happen in a split-second at 100mph on an empty motorway to give you a Bad Day.
    As for the second bit, I’m in complete agreement. If I ruled the world I’d ban cars from pretty-much everywhere.

    Are you a able to grasp that?

    sbob
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    gauss1777 – Member

    Depressing reading, so many people happy to exceed an often already too high speed limit

    The speed limit does not dictate what speed is safe to drive at. All it does is give you a maximum for your envelope, therefore there is no such thing as a “too high limit”, and you’re a good example of why we shouldn’t have limits in the first place.

    Why do so many people feel entitled to complete lengthy journeys in short times?

    The whole point of driving is to get from A to B quickly, otherwise you’d walk. All you’re saying is that whilst you have the ability to choose a safe speed to drive at others don’t. That’s the molgrips fallacy.

    This is assuming that you drive, and you drive in your opinion safely, which given the above I doubt.

    πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon terrahawk
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    The speed limit does not dictate what speed is safe to drive at. All it does is give you a maximum for your envelope,

    drivel.

    The whole point of driving is to get from A to B quickly, otherwise you’d walk

    more drivel.

    ahwiles
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    sbob – Member
    you’re a good example of why we shouldn’t have limits in the first place.

    when i’m in charge, the limit on ‘my’ road will be 10mph, and it’ll be enforced.

    sbob
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    terrahawk – Member

    drivel.

    In what way do you disagree?
    Are you saying that the speed limit does give a safe speed to drive at? 😯

    more drivel.

    You really are going to have to elaborate. πŸ™‚

    sbob
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    ahwiles – Member

    when i’m in charge, the limit on ‘my’ road will be 10mph, and it’ll be enforced.

    When I’m in charge there will be no cars on residential streets.

    sbob
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    whitestone – Member

    Hammering it really doesn’t gain you much time.

    You’re just not hammering it enough.
    Cambridge to Newcastle is achievable in two and a half hours with enough disregard for the limits.

    Not that I condone breaking limits.

    sbob
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    tjagain – Member

    also when you get nicked its your fault and don’t bleat about it

    Never understood this line of thinking.
    If you don’t think you have the right to bleat, because the law is just, then don’t break it in the first place!
    Those knowingly breaking a law because they disagree with it are the ones who do have cause for a whinge.
    πŸ’‘

    deviant
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    Ok, I’ll play…i missed this beauty of a thread.

    Anecdotal evidence but my experiences nonetheless….for those saying speeding gets you nowhere faster, my sister used to live 100 miles away, I could (and did) regularly make the journey door to door in an hour….that’s an average speed of 100mph, now admittedly I was on a motorbike meaning traffic wasn’t an issue (just split lanes/traffic if I came across any) and speed cameras were all front facing en route and seeing as motorbikes don’t have front facing plates this wasn’t an issue either…safe?…who knows!?…i’m still here and I did that journey for years, I didn’t ride like that in the wet so I judged what was safe and got it right…i might have been wiped out by someone doing less than the limit but changing lanes without looking, that’s more dangerous to me.

    Last night my journey home was painfully slow, the road is winding Welsh lanes (but with 60/national limits) and virtually no overtaking spots, was stuck behind an artic that only seemed to be able to do 40mph and was often dropping to 20mph going uphill, don’t tell me slow moving traffic doesn’t hold people up, there was a queue of us behind this prat about 15 cars long, it’s a road I usually drive at 50-60mph…if slow moving traffic doesn’t slow you down why are empty roads so much faster to travel on?…and why is there always bunched up cars behind tractors and artics on single carriageway roads!?

    Sliproads….there is always bunched up motorway traffic around sliproads, why?…if you watch people you’ll find incompetent motorists trundling up them at way less than the 70mph the traffic they are joining is doing (often they’ll be doing as little as 30-40mph and seem to have forgotten what the accelerator does), they then expect to join 70mph traffic!….nope, not gonna happen so what you get is everyone already on the motorway having to hit their brakes to accommodate the imbeciles trying to filter in at half the speed limit or everyone trying desperately to move over into lanes two and three to avoid said pillocks and this also slows everyone down at the junction.

    Here’s a little secret, if you speed up on the sliproad to the speed the traffic you want to join is going then you don’t need a massive gap to filter into, if however you bimble up the sliproad at 40mph you’ll be that idiot sat at the end of it virtually stationary because you can’t find a gap big enough to pull into!

    It’s the same in reverse with people leaving the motorway, don’t slow down to 50mph on the motorway before the sliproad you inconsiderate moron, you make everyone slow down behind you and cause congestion at that junction, leave the motorway at 70 and do your slowing on the sliproad!

    Red lights…don’t sit there handbrake on, our of gear fumbling around and acting surprised when they turn green…what were you expecting them to do!?…you should be ready to pull off on green not holding cars up that have the misfortune of getting stuck behind you.

    Same for roundabouts, T-junctions etc…i maintain that a huge amount of congestion could be relieved if people just drove in a more considerate manner and concentrated on what was happening around them and understood what sliproads and the like are there for…all can be done without breaking as single speed limit, just drove like you’re actually trying to get somewhere and not like you’re out of an evening just killing time.

    b r
    Member

    +1 deviant

    Edukator
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    If you averaged 100mph it’s difficult to envisage a route where you wouldn’t have been traveling too fast for the conditions at some points regardless of speed limits(unless you and sis live on motorway slip roads and you only visited her at 05:00 in the Summer). You’ve been lucky, Deviant, many haven’t.

    You post a lot about others being imbeciles and idiots because in your opinion they aren’t fighting to shave seconds off their journey times. How do qualify your own behaviour?

    Why you worry about how fast drivers get away from lights on a motorbike I have no idea – I get away quicker than most on push bike. I turn the engine off at lights unless they’ve already been red for awhile when I arrive, no point leaving it running for a minute and ten seconds. Hand brake on obviously because if I’m hit from behind I don’t want to be pushed into crossing traffic. Out of gear so the clutch thrust and crank thrust bearings aren’t under load (mechanical sympathy (and again my foot isn’t going to fly off the clutch and launch me forward if hit from behind). When crossing traffic starts slowing I turn the engine on and slip it into gear, on green the handbrake goes down as the clutch comes up and continuously checking for light jumpers crossing (especially bikers) I cautiously pull out. It’s not the dodderers you need to worry about on a bike it’s those puling out of give ways and stops who are in a hurry and pull out having only made glances right and left and NOT THOUGHT “BIKE”.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Bollox you averaged 100MPh unless its all motorway ie straight on and straight off. Ive ridden fast bikes. Averaging 75MPH needs a lot of time spent over 120MPH. to average 100 mph you would have to spend a lot of time over 150 mph to make up for all the time spent at 75.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    deviant – what bike? How much 30 mph limit? How much motorway, what area what time of day?

    sbob
    Member

    Come on people, if we all do our bit we can keep this going ’til Christmas. πŸ˜€

    Peyote
    Member

    How about the fatigue argument? “I can’t drive slowly (under 50mph) because it’s so boring I end up falling asleep/getting distracted. I have to drive faster to maintain my focus and concentration therefore driving faster is safer!”

    Or the perennial “I drive a powerful car: I pay massive road tax for the right to be able to make progress as I see fit” I suppose it makes sense in terms of the polluter-pays-principle, but unfortunately it does tend to give a sense of entitlement.

    Also, do people really join/leave motorways at 70mph? I live (and drive) in the SE so most of my experience is M25, M3, M4 and M40 all of which tend to have artics using the inside lane. I thought these were restricted to 52mph, so joining around that speed would be sensible no?

    agent007
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    Far more risk and less time to react to stuff driving nose to tail at 50mph round one of those busy average speed motorway sections than there ever is driving at 100mph on a quiet section of motorway in good visibility. With the inverse logic being shown on this thread perhaps some of you should suggest avoiding all congested 50mph areas.

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