motorway speed limit.
Variable speed limits on all motorways governed by conditions at the time i.e. weather/lighting/traffic volume. You could write some algorithm to decide what's the most suitable speed…and display this speed as a mandatory limit a la M25.
All to be enforceable by average speed cameras positioned at the required intervals along the carriageways which should also be modified to detect tailgaters (surely somebody can come up with a method for this…don't they have some system for it in Germany or Switzerland?).Posted 8 years agoWTFMember
Most people drive about 80 on a normal stretch of motorway as they are aware that 70 is the limit.Posted 8 years ago
If the limit was 80 then most people would drive at 90 which wouldn`t be very good as the vast majority would be unable to use their phones or read maps and adjust sat-navs at that speed. 🙂projectMember
Lets make the maximum 70mph,except when overtaking, whe10%plus 2mph, should be allowed.
Possibly ban anyone over 50 with a baseball cap on, while driveing.
Audi drivers with side lights as well as BMW drivers on sidelights.
Old people with cushions on the back window cill,and stickers saying we`ve seen the Lions at Longleat etc.
Single mothers with kids, between the hours of 8 and 9 am.Posted 8 years ago
mt, I take it that either:
1. you never travel far by road
2. you have the patience of a saint
3. you love being in your car more than anything in the world
4. you are actually Ralph Nader
If 70mph was considered safe for a 1965 Ford Anglia with drum brakes, no seat belts and crossply tyres which was flat out at 83mph, why is it unsafe now?Posted 8 years ago
If 70mph was considered safe for a 1965 Ford Anglia with drum brakes, no seat belts and crossply tyres which was flat out at 83mph, why is it unsafe now?
Roads were much quieter back then too…no matter what limit is enforced, people learn their stopping distances for the driving text, then completely forget them (I know I did). Even when everybody said, ok, forget the stopping distance and use the two-second-rule, loads of folk ignore this one too.Posted 8 years agobassspineMember
I stick to 70 because it saves loadsa money compared to 80.
(If I could just punch in the postcode and have the robo-chauffeur do it I would. I could sit back and read a book… Which reminds me, I saw a woman 'driving' in the middle lane of the M4 the other day reading a magazine!!!)Posted 8 years agocoffeekingMember
You're not allowed 70mph + 10% + 2, thats just the error margin they allow in case of cumulative cock-ups in measurement. Technically anything over 70 is illegal.
I'd be happy with a higher limit if people actually followed the rules of the road and used their brains while driving, reducing their speed where needed due to rain, traffic, bends etc. Unfortunately people seem incapable, the more people seem incapable the more responsibility we have taken off us, the less we try to use it.
Well, suckered in to this post, but points still stand.Posted 8 years agoprojectMember
So most Motorways have 3 lanes,LGV`s in the inside lane maximum speed 56mph,so to pass them you can do 70mph, middle lane,coaches,65mph,maximum,(both speed governor fitted),and outside lane 70mph,so if youre allowed 10%plus 2 miles which equals 77mph.
So why do drivers feel the need to exceed the speed limit by so much as is seen every day.
Discuss.Posted 8 years agobassspineMember
thefallguy: I do take the train whenPosted 8 years ago
a)there's a station somewhere near where I'm going
and b) I'm prepared to pay a lot of money (I took my family to Barcelona by train for our holiday year before last, it was great but cost more than twice what flying would have, but wow! that Eurostar is cool and the overnight sleeper train from Paris is ace too)CountZeroMember
Indicated 80mph = 72mph. Speedo usually reads 10% over. My old Puma did, and my Octi does, according to GPS, so I'll happily sit at 80 thank you very much. 55 and restricted? Don't be stupid. Do you really want to have miles of motorway with nose-to-tail trucks, coaches, cars, vans, etc, because nobodywould be able to pass any other vehicle. Please engage what passes for a brain and think through the consequenses of such a situation. It would be untenable and downright dangerous, which anyone who drives would recognise. Very seldom is excessive speed the issue, it's inappropriate speed, like doing 70 in fog.Posted 8 years agoJxLMember
I would leave it at 70 as it is. My car is pretty small (1.4), and max I can get out of it is 90mph on a straight motorway, but it doesn't feel too good and burns loads of petrol. When im in no rush, usually drive at 60, otherwise 60-80.
100mph limit would make the roads freaking crazy with bell**d BMW and Audi drivers flying all over the place without indicators.Posted 8 years agoaracerSubscriber
I would leave it at 70 as it is. My car is pretty small (1.4), and max I can get out of it is 90mph on a straight motorway, but it doesn't feel too good and burns loads of petrol.
You could stick to 70 then. Those of us with big lazy diesel lumps don't tend to do much worse at 80 than 70 (and still better than almost all petrol cars do at 70).Posted 8 years agosamuriMember
catch a train?
Who did you think we are? Richard Bransen? I couldn't afford to travel by train to somewhere far away. Lets say I need to go down the smoke, about 200 miles or so one way. If I book a return train ticket a week in advance, it'll cost me about 70 quid. If I have the audacity to not be sure when i'm coming back, that jumps right up to 240 quid. 240 POUNDS!!!! I could buy a car with a full tank for that!
The only time train travel is viable is when my company is paying for it.Posted 8 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
How many motorway junctions and sliproads would have to be rebuilt to allow the increased speed.
I reckon it would be a fair majority. Don't forget that they will have to meet a safety spec that says something like "the sliproad must be X metres long for every 10mph of speed required"Posted 8 years agojohn_drummerMember
BTW I've just got back from a holiday in Canada. You British drivers suck. Sooooo aggressive.
Here's a disturbing observation. I drove from Leeds to Newcastle this weekend up the A1. There was a Ford Ka being driven by someone who could best be described as "possibly french" for no reason other than the driving style.
The car would spend ages in the right hand lane at 68 for most of the journey, regardless of the traffic (or lack of it) in the left hand lane; occasionally a left indicator would come on – usually for something up it's exhaust pipe – followed by 100 metres in the left hand lane. Then it reverted to the overtaking lane, despite the inside lane being empty
This went on for far too long. Sometimes I wish I was a traffic cop. Just sometimes though – I really wouldn't want that jobPosted 8 years ago
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