Actually it has. Al round visoin is vastly improved, and mirrors -
especially split mirrors - are way in advance of what used to be the norm.
Thecars are less fatguing, and easier to drive - power steering and
power brakes certyainly are part of the 'interface'
What has been lost, is the attitude to driving that I as a teenager was
aware of - that it was a dangerous business, one had better be good and
very careful, and that no amount of sticking to the rules will guarantee
safety in a world of idiots equipped with lethal wepaons. Its no use
being leaggly in the right, and dead...temporarily exceeding speed
limits has got me out of accidents more than once...
...and sorry, if its my only chance of escaping death by deer, I will
drive on the wrong side of a double white line...
So you have mirrors sticking out of your skull then, were you born
that way or is it the result of the last time you crashed and went
though the windscreen ?!...
You brain less moron.
It hasn't moved on enough to protect you at 120mph hitting a solid object.
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That would seem to show a total lack of awareness of conditions - a
blanket assumption that below the speed limit = safe, above = unsafe. It
even assumes that the speed limit selected is even appropriate for the
road in every case.
Assuming that the speed limit is never greater than the determined
(insofar as such a thing can be) safe speed, and the fact that our speed
limits are in 10mph intervals, surely it is the case that on average the
maximum safe speed is 5mph more than the speed limit (e.g. if the safe
speed is judged to be 35mph the road will have a 30 limit)
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No, it's a way of instilling a 'respect' in road users that is now
sadly lacking. There could be a zero tolerance to other things like
lane discipline, I just think that a zero tolerance to speeding would
be more effective as it would apply to all roads
No. It does not installl respect in anything. Merely a low cunning that
causes road users to slam on the brakes every time they see a speed
camera, because very few people are aware of EXCATLy how fast they are
travelling to the nearest 10mph, and safety dictates they do NOT spend
all there time looking at the speedo.
I tried to drive from surrey to cambs one on cruuise control, set up to
never exceed 70mph.
After about an hour I was so bloody frightened at the number of times i
really NEEDED to temprarily exceed the limit to achieve safe distances
between me and other cars that I turned the bloody thing off.
Lorries driving 'on the limiter' are a major cause of bunching and
congestion. Especially when one decises it almost can overtake the other...
You really are either totaly inexperianced or are totaly clueless.
Why did you need to speed up, the only reasons would be either your
own lack of driving skills or other peoples - as I said, there needs
to be a zero tolerance and a vast improvement in driving standards.
I accept (as the police do) that sometimes one has to apply power to
achieve safe gaps or aviod other problems but this is caused by bad
driving in the first place, such as people pulling into non existent
gaps for example.
That is an argument for the delimiting of lorries, something that I
would hole heartedly agree with, either that or the vastly reduced
cost of fuel for HGV's. The reason you tend to get lorries doing as
you describe is due to the fact that to slow down can increase the
fuel consumption considerably.
Other peoples. When someone pulls in 2 feet from your bumper, and sits
there for mile upon mile, frankly I will accelerate, and overtake
something, and let him sit behind that.
It may be selfish, but its my life.
Keeping well clear of other drivers is as far as I am concerned the best
way to save my own life.
My ideal place to be is in the slow lane of an empty motorway doing
something like 70-90mph.
Sadly, you have to take the roads as you find them.
Of course it is. In an ideal world of good drivers you would not need
speed limits either. Everyone would self limit to the best speed for
them, their cars and the conditions.
Deer would be kept off the roads, and so would pedestrians.
Motorcyclists would have their own roads, and cyclists too, and the
tooth fairy would leave a million quid gilt edged bond every time you
lost a tooth.
? I don''t see how slowing down can incraese fuel consumption.
Its good that trucks are limited to about 60mph, because frankly and
artiuculated vehicle has oproblems at high speeds, and not all are up to
it. Nor frankly are the brakes and tyres on most of them.
I would therefore say that a driver could have the limiter off, but be
chargeable if his tacho showed he had consistently exceeded 60mph for
more than a minute at at time.
So if he can't overtake in under a minute, he has to give up.
Unless you can see that there aren't any for three miles. ;-)
UK better class of roads are good for about 150mph in terms of
visibility curvature and surface finish. Germany is better.
As you say, what is within acceptable limits depends entirely on who
else is around and their understanding of driving.
Its very unsafe to overtake at more than about a 25-30mph speed
differential. So I would not e.g. want to exceed 100mph in one lane with
traffic doing 70mph one lane over... that was one of the things
identified as a lethal mixture in Germany., Porches and Merecedes
barreling down the outside at 150mph, when a car pulls out to pass a
truck doing 55mph...without realising just how far behind a car doing
150mph can be when you look, to when you pull out..
Having said that. I have cruised across Germany all day at
100-115mph..and would be happy to do 120-130 there when clear of the
major traffic ...certainly far far happier than doing 70mph on a crowded
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