Not on my limited-to-155 mph car.
I poped wone - and the wheel bent - in a council provided pothole, and
believe me, its noticeable allright.
And impossible to drive on at almost any speed. I know because I saw
wheel and tyre were wrecked, so drove it 2 miles home on the rim.
As a driver who is not afraid of 150mph, I drove at 7mph all the way.
That was a safe speed in my estimatin for the conditions.
A puncture happens on any tyre. Since we are not supposed to be doing
150mph plus, sales of non speed rated tres are allowed.
Yes. But it's not even checked in the MOT so most UK fast cars as they get
older migrate to cheaper lower speed tyres.
We even allow the fitting of used tyres, often from accident write-offs.
This to my mind is criminal.
That was me but the message has got well confused in this morase I'm afraid.
What I said was that the majority German cars capable of reaching their
155mph limiters are delivered with safety tyres. This was based on
repmobiles provided at some pretty major German companies but I agree these
are optional and not always the case,
Motorways were originally designed for 140mph speedsd. Ive ben driven on
one at that speed many yeras ago. Quie safe if the traffic is light.
Lethal and impossible if it isn't.
Yes. over 150 is where things start to get more aero and less weight on
road cars. I tend to feel safe up to about 130mph...more than that and
there is usualy not enough visibility on UK roads...german autobahns are
better, but even so, its not a speeed you can often do when there is
Needless to say I don't actually make a habit of breaking speed limits.
Although I have on some occasions when no one else was about..;0-)
The trouble is, it doesn't stop idiots trying. Anyone can drive fast,
few can do so safely, and many the idiot who considers themselves safe
to drive at such speeds are the ones who are the most unsafe.
Sadly neither do speed limits stop it either.
Most people who are stupid enough to drive at completely insane speeds,
are smart enough to do it in stolen cars. Or a police car of course.
Like so many prohibitions, the peole who get caught are the mostly law
abiding who suffer from a moments inattention. Who actually have
insurance, correct nunmber plates, MOT's and own the vehicles they drive....
I am totally unconvinced that the average chav out of his bonce on crack
driving a stolen car at stupid speeds is in any way either going to be
stopped by a rigidly enforced speed limit, or indeed the cause of most
fatal accidents. Just the ones that get the news.
Like the 4 dead yesterday , mum driving an overloaded Xsara to a kids
party, and wipes out her own and someone elses family and an innocent
motorist. Bet she wasn't exceeding any speed limits. And hadn't got a
license full of endorsements either.
Bet she doesn't get banned from driving and fined a thousand pounds and
a three month jail sentence for manslaughter, overloading, failure to
ensure safety belts all on, dangerous driving, driving without due care
and attention.. etc etc.
Just a 'poor hardworking 45 year old mum'
Or a bloody criminal, in my book.
But if she was a chav in a a nicked car...well its probably 5 years in
jail isn't it?
LOL .. try doing that speed around the M6 (if that's the one that goes
around the top of B'ham) ... you'll fall straight off the road. I did it at
100mph once with snow tyres fitted still and had to slow to about 60mph as
they started to melt and slide all over the place! And yes Jerry, it was at
night with no other cars around me.
No Jerry, it proves I like to play around with cars - which I why I bring
them out on tracks. However, on the roads, I know their limits and when I
feel things going pear shaped I know what to do. I never feel comfortable
in a new car until I've thrashed it around a bit. You can't know where the
limit is until you've safely passed it a few times - not that you need to
drive on the limit normally, but you may well find yourself there by no
choice of your own and will be all the better for knowing what to do!
I agree. The first thing I want to know about a potential purchase is
whether it stops in time. Then whether it behaves itself when swerved.
That alone caused me to utterly reject the Yaris...as well as its nasty
You need to know that te car you are in will behave predictably when
called upon...and hope that you never have to.
The wifes Punto, whilst only capable of 90mph, is utterly predictable in
handling, reaosnably quiet, and outperforms an MG Midget of 1970 vintage
in every possible way...and is comfortable crusing at 70-80, and will
just stop from that without brake fade from that if you have to.
Flimsy and I wouln't want to roll it or get a side impact, but apart
from that the bigest danger would be from being bashed in the head by te
dog sitting on the back seat.
Whether it goes as fast as its claimed is seldom an issue. Acceleration
is useful, for overtaking, but that's about it. As long as I can get
about 85 out of a vehicle, its enough mostly for shorter runs, and about
120plus is best for long legged crusing abroad.
Hurrah .. I'm not the only one!! My Mum has a Yaris that she insures me on
sometimes when I visit. Damn that thing's come closer to killing me than
any car. I've never driven anything so unpredictable before and plain
unsafe (well, not that's manufactured that way anyway!).
First problem on a damp roundabout ... accelerated through the final part of
the bend towards the slip road exit. Actually lost the back end and almost
spun it! On a FWD 1 litre car!!! Had to go round the roundabout again to
avoid an embarrassing stop!
Second problem came when driving my Mum to the airport with three of us in
the car. Came to a roundabout (purely coincidental!!) on a downhill slope
at about 25mph and applied the brakes normally and in good time. As it
approached the stopping point the wheels just locked for no good reason.
Hadn't even put her through cadence braking before - she had no idea what
was going on and thought I was trying to kill her!
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