Doing A Suicidal 129mph!
That’s the actual line I heard in an episode of ‘Police, Camera, Action’ the other night, as they filmed Police following a driver on a UK three lane motorway: “Doing a SUICIDAL 129mph!!!”
As if 130 would have made him instantly drop dead from speed?!
Because we all know that speed kills…
Never mind lack of skill, inattention or a poorly maintained vehicle. Nope – these are all perfectly safe as long as you NEVER go above the speed limits that were set for the vehicles of 46 years ago
Don’t get me wrong here – we need some limits and I’m all in favour of 30mph zones and respect them totally. They’re almost always there for a reason (schools, dangerous roads, old biddies crossing etc). 40mph zones are a bit more dodgy as they seem to have changed a lot of previously 60mph roads to 40mph limits for no known reason… But 70mph on a modern three lane motorway is ludicrous!
Let me just put that into perspective for you. Here is an ‘average’ car for 1965:
1965 Triumph 2000
This kicked out a mighty 89 bhp
And here is 2010’s ‘average’ car:
2010 Ford Focus
This wheezes out a measly 140 bhp
The braking road holding abilities of cars has come just as far, too – and that’s without any electric aids such as stability control.
And we shouldn’t forget how much road building technology has advanced, and the signage on the roads…
I think most cars in 1965 struggled to even reach 70mph! Now most will cruise at 100 without too much stress…
If you actually DO 70mph on a motorway these days, you’ll find just about everything will come streaming past you. 85 is the new 70, baby! And to be fair that probably is a nice sensible new speed. There are people who still do 50mph on motorways, so you can bet they’ll still be doing that speed even if limits are raised, and for the rest of us it makes life a lot easier…
Or how about going even further and introducing an advanced license to let people do faster speeds – only on motorways. 100mph? Unlimited? You’d have to prove you could pay attention and display forward planning, and if you did cause an accidents penalties should be severe…
And put motorway driving in the driving test – focusing on making sure people stay in the -ing left hand lane unless they’re overtaking!
You know – just common sense?
It’ll never catch on…