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How much quicker ?

Ok, honestly how much quicker than the National speed limit would you consider it "acceptable" to travel at?

Question applies to an A road, single carriage, way with a 60mph limit, at a quiet time, little traffic and a dry road....
This is a hypothetical, as of course none of us would ever actually break a speed limit.
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Re: How much quicker ?

I'd never actually do it of course, but depending on the road I wouldn't tell someone off for doing three-figure speeds.. Say 2am, dry, good road surface, no other cars about, no houses, etc..
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160kph on the motorway/dual carriageway
130kph on A-road
Posted limit in towns etc. (Normally 50kph)


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Depends on road and traffic conditions. On a dry empy motorway i would consider well over 100mph acceptable, although if you tried this in an old Fiesta it wouldn't be as safe as a new car.

Most modern cars are well up to cruising at this speed perfectly safely.
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The highway limit here is a paltry 100kmh! I'd love to see it raised to 160kmh at least. Most of the roads I've been on are fantastic, so don't really see why not.
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Depends entirely on the situation, knowledge of the road, weather conditions (not only current, but in the hours leading up to that point) type of car and its condition, condition of road surface, how twisty the road is, what the camber is like etc.

In short, those who speed in 30-40mph built up areas are idiots.

Speeding on faster roads is more acceptable, given the right conditions.
 
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The speed limit is the speed limit, break it if you want but don't whinge if you get caught
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The speed limit is the speed limit, break it if you want but don't whinge if you get caught
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Re: How much quicker ?

hard to imagine exactly the scenario, but 90-100 in dry straight road with good visibility.

i see no reason for speed limit at all on most motorway routes at night.
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Depends entirely on the situation, knowledge of the road, weather conditions (not only current, but in the hours leading up to that point) type of car and its condition, condition of road surface, how twisty the road is, what the camber is like etc.

In short, those who speed in 30-40mph built up areas are idiots.

Speeding on faster roads is more acceptable, given the right conditions.
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Depends on the conditions. I'd say 90mph on the Mways / good DC's
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The speed limit is the speed limit, break it if you want but don't whinge if you get caught
You are of course quite correct, but the question is how much faster than it, is deemed OK.
I try very hard in built up areas, through the 20mph areas by schools etc. And would have little sympathy for anyone being stupid there.
I would think it harsh if I read on here about someone getting done for 68 in a 60, but 160 in a 60 I would see as being ott, where is your line drawn?

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i think 90 to 100mph on a clear mway is ok, any faster is asking for trouble.

60 mph limit A road, no more than 70 in clear consditions

40 mph limit A road, 45mph to 50 mph tops

30mph limit A road , 35mph absolute tops

20mph areas are a menace and cause people to spend too much time looking at their speedo and not the road.
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Re: How much quicker ?

Maybe the germans have the right idea on this one.
They have a 130kph speed limit on restrcted sections of autobahn(motorway in german).
However on the un-restricted sections there is no official speed limit but an advisory one of 130kph.
My guess is that if one feels that they are compentent enough as a driver to exceed 130kph then they do so at their own risk.
As i understand the police take a hard line if an accident has been caused by excessive speed(130kph) and the driver(s) could face imprisonment.
In other words if you are not competent enough as a driver or your car is not of a good enough standard to run a those speeds then you know the concequences of your actions.
Vairable speed limits are put in place in poor conditions as in the uk.
May sound extreme but i think they have the least number of motorway fatalities in europe.
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Can not admit or deny that excess of 100mph is sometimes inadvertantly obtained.....but speed does not kill!!


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Speed limits are arbitrary decisions made by people who generally speaking have no real knowledge of the road and its many changing conditions be it volume of traffic and or weather patterns.

That being said driving fast in built up areas is plainly stupid as you risk hitting someone. On other roads most people are intelligent enough to drive at a reasonable speed. As you go over 100mph its fair to say that you need very good conditions but it can be perfectly safe to do so.

120mph in a well maintained car on an empty motorway is very safe (Less than 4% of accidents happen on motorways despite the fact that you have cars travelling at well over 70mph very close to each other)

40mph in a older car (bad brakes, worn suspension etc) through a town could be fatal.
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You should only drive as fast as the road (including conditions) allow, albeit 20mph or 100mph, circumstances should dictate the speed you travel at not bloated politicians whose sole intention is to placate the public opinion and cream a fat living in the process (with nice away days at John Lewis's, on expenses), may they choke in their restricted arteries.

Other than that, they desreve all they get.
 
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Seems we all agree on something!
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You should do the speed limit if conditions are ok...

if you want to go faster then go on track its much more fun
 
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20mph areas are a menace and cause people to spend too much time looking at their speedo and not the road.
If a driver is not capable of maintaining a low speed to within a +/-3mph window without staring near constantly at the speedo, then IMO they shouldn't be driving.
 
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This link was on my thread a while back, it may be relavent here....
Cambridgeshire Police road safety - Speeding? Think! - on Bore Me
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"Speeding" is unacceptable, per se.
 
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On most motorways in Western Europe it's quite safe to drive fast (100 mph+) with a modern car. It's the driving conditions and other vehicles which makes driving dangerous.

Speed limits are usually made for environmental reasons (noise & emissions) in my country...
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