How fast do you think fast is???


EmmaDibbs
#1
OK. In the UK we get loads of American Cop car chase on video real life cheesy programs and I noticed that they seem to think that travelling at speeds of 80 miles per hour on roads that are hugely wide is really bad. In the UK people cruise around on the motorways at 90-100mph (150-160kph) most of the time.

How fast does everyone think is too fast??
 
EmmaDibbs
#2
OK. In the UK we get loads of American Cop car chase on video real life cheesy programs and I noticed that they seem to think that travelling at speeds of 80 miles per hour on roads that are hugely wide is really bad. In the UK people cruise around on the motorways at 90-100mph (150-160kph) most of the time.

How fast does everyone think is too fast??
 
EmmaDibbs
#3
OK. In the UK we get loads of American Cop car chase on video real life cheesy programs and I noticed that they seem to think that travelling at speeds of 80 miles per hour on roads that are hugely wide is really bad. In the UK people cruise around on the motorways at 90-100mph (150-160kph) most of the time.

How fast does everyone think is too fast??
 
Twila
#4
Way Too fast is when you need a can opener to get out of the car after a crash.

Too fast is when the driver isn't the only one hurt.
 
Twila
#5
Way Too fast is when you need a can opener to get out of the car after a crash.

Too fast is when the driver isn't the only one hurt.
 
Twila
#6
Way Too fast is when you need a can opener to get out of the car after a crash.

Too fast is when the driver isn't the only one hurt.
 
Reverend Blair
#7
It depends a lot on the driver, Emma. From what I gather, you've far more stringent testing requirements over there. People are also more used to the speeds.

Look at this way though...I had a friend when I was young who had a very fast Dodge Charger. The speedometer went up to 140mph.

I was in that car twice when the speedometer maxed out. The first time was with another friend who was a good driver. It was on an empty two-lane highway in the middle of the afternoon. It was fun.

The second time was with the owner. He wasn't such a good driver and it was at dusk on a fairly busy four-lane highway also known for the abundance of deer. I was pretty sure I was going to die that day. We got lucky and he didn't even get a ticket.

How fast is too fast? Depends.
 
Reverend Blair
#8
It depends a lot on the driver, Emma. From what I gather, you've far more stringent testing requirements over there. People are also more used to the speeds.

Look at this way though...I had a friend when I was young who had a very fast Dodge Charger. The speedometer went up to 140mph.

I was in that car twice when the speedometer maxed out. The first time was with another friend who was a good driver. It was on an empty two-lane highway in the middle of the afternoon. It was fun.

The second time was with the owner. He wasn't such a good driver and it was at dusk on a fairly busy four-lane highway also known for the abundance of deer. I was pretty sure I was going to die that day. We got lucky and he didn't even get a ticket.

How fast is too fast? Depends.
 
Reverend Blair
#9
It depends a lot on the driver, Emma. From what I gather, you've far more stringent testing requirements over there. People are also more used to the speeds.

Look at this way though...I had a friend when I was young who had a very fast Dodge Charger. The speedometer went up to 140mph.

I was in that car twice when the speedometer maxed out. The first time was with another friend who was a good driver. It was on an empty two-lane highway in the middle of the afternoon. It was fun.

The second time was with the owner. He wasn't such a good driver and it was at dusk on a fairly busy four-lane highway also known for the abundance of deer. I was pretty sure I was going to die that day. We got lucky and he didn't even get a ticket.

How fast is too fast? Depends.
 
peapod
#10
On the island we have two highway systems now. The new highway is 4 lanes, straight, and there is nothing, nada...to look at. You have to exist to find any civilization. You can drive 110 km per hour on this road, but the speeds are alot higher.

The other highway is the old island highway. This one is two lanes and its mostly along the ocean. I never use the new highway, the old one is so awesome now, no traffic, hardly, unbelievable after all these years. Now if you take this route, you gotta stop at every place along the way The beach at parksville, and the famous SOS thrift store there, where you can purchase a book for under a buck. Than you gotta stop at the shady rest in qualicum, the food of couse, also a awesome beach. Than you gotta stop in qualicum bay at the smokehouse for fish....than you gotta stop in fanny bay at the FBI, cause everybody does....always run into somebody you know there...than you gotta stop in union bay...cause everybody knows somebody in union bay. This pretty much happens along the entire route. I did not mention all the garage sales, farmers markets, and artists and marinas that you have to stop along the way for also...ehm...this is definately not the speeding route, but its the best one.

But I have been told that perhaps I am a bit heavy on petal....but I have driven these highways all my life..I know every corner and what is coming up...to comfortable...a bad sign.
 
peapod
#11
On the island we have two highway systems now. The new highway is 4 lanes, straight, and there is nothing, nada...to look at. You have to exist to find any civilization. You can drive 110 km per hour on this road, but the speeds are alot higher.

The other highway is the old island highway. This one is two lanes and its mostly along the ocean. I never use the new highway, the old one is so awesome now, no traffic, hardly, unbelievable after all these years. Now if you take this route, you gotta stop at every place along the way The beach at parksville, and the famous SOS thrift store there, where you can purchase a book for under a buck. Than you gotta stop at the shady rest in qualicum, the food of couse, also a awesome beach. Than you gotta stop in qualicum bay at the smokehouse for fish....than you gotta stop in fanny bay at the FBI, cause everybody does....always run into somebody you know there...than you gotta stop in union bay...cause everybody knows somebody in union bay. This pretty much happens along the entire route. I did not mention all the garage sales, farmers markets, and artists and marinas that you have to stop along the way for also...ehm...this is definately not the speeding route, but its the best one.

But I have been told that perhaps I am a bit heavy on petal....but I have driven these highways all my life..I know every corner and what is coming up...to comfortable...a bad sign.
 
peapod
#12
On the island we have two highway systems now. The new highway is 4 lanes, straight, and there is nothing, nada...to look at. You have to exist to find any civilization. You can drive 110 km per hour on this road, but the speeds are alot higher.

The other highway is the old island highway. This one is two lanes and its mostly along the ocean. I never use the new highway, the old one is so awesome now, no traffic, hardly, unbelievable after all these years. Now if you take this route, you gotta stop at every place along the way The beach at parksville, and the famous SOS thrift store there, where you can purchase a book for under a buck. Than you gotta stop at the shady rest in qualicum, the food of couse, also a awesome beach. Than you gotta stop in qualicum bay at the smokehouse for fish....than you gotta stop in fanny bay at the FBI, cause everybody does....always run into somebody you know there...than you gotta stop in union bay...cause everybody knows somebody in union bay. This pretty much happens along the entire route. I did not mention all the garage sales, farmers markets, and artists and marinas that you have to stop along the way for also...ehm...this is definately not the speeding route, but its the best one.

But I have been told that perhaps I am a bit heavy on petal....but I have driven these highways all my life..I know every corner and what is coming up...to comfortable...a bad sign.
 
Rick van Opbergen
#13
How fast are you allowed to drive on the British motorways Emma?
 
Rick van Opbergen
#14
How fast are you allowed to drive on the British motorways Emma?
 
Rick van Opbergen
#15
How fast are you allowed to drive on the British motorways Emma?
 
EmmaDibbs
#16
Well the official speed limit is 70mph- but no one really ever sticks to it. You can be banned from driving if you hit 100mph+ so best to stick under that. It is funny when you hear of Dodge Chargers with speedos that go up to 140mph- Our family car has a speedo that goes up to 160mph!! I suppose we do have stringent crash testing over here. I actually had someone fall asleep at the wheel and hit me with us both doing 60mph minimum (I accelerated when I saw him coming to try and avoind a head on!) My car was virtually new and no one was hurt- apart from the car- his car was completly undrivable as it was much older (pre-crash test scores).

I wonder if people are more relaxed in the US and Canada when they are driving and that is why they go slower- everyone is always in a rush to get somewhere here.
 
EmmaDibbs
#17
Well the official speed limit is 70mph- but no one really ever sticks to it. You can be banned from driving if you hit 100mph+ so best to stick under that. It is funny when you hear of Dodge Chargers with speedos that go up to 140mph- Our family car has a speedo that goes up to 160mph!! I suppose we do have stringent crash testing over here. I actually had someone fall asleep at the wheel and hit me with us both doing 60mph minimum (I accelerated when I saw him coming to try and avoind a head on!) My car was virtually new and no one was hurt- apart from the car- his car was completly undrivable as it was much older (pre-crash test scores).

I wonder if people are more relaxed in the US and Canada when they are driving and that is why they go slower- everyone is always in a rush to get somewhere here.
 
EmmaDibbs
#18
Well the official speed limit is 70mph- but no one really ever sticks to it. You can be banned from driving if you hit 100mph+ so best to stick under that. It is funny when you hear of Dodge Chargers with speedos that go up to 140mph- Our family car has a speedo that goes up to 160mph!! I suppose we do have stringent crash testing over here. I actually had someone fall asleep at the wheel and hit me with us both doing 60mph minimum (I accelerated when I saw him coming to try and avoind a head on!) My car was virtually new and no one was hurt- apart from the car- his car was completly undrivable as it was much older (pre-crash test scores).

I wonder if people are more relaxed in the US and Canada when they are driving and that is why they go slower- everyone is always in a rush to get somewhere here.
 
missile
#19
The only slow drivers I ever see are those in the really senior category, and they just drive so slow because they cannot see over the dashboard.
 
missile
#20
The only slow drivers I ever see are those in the really senior category, and they just drive so slow because they cannot see over the dashboard.
 
missile
#21
The only slow drivers I ever see are those in the really senior category, and they just drive so slow because they cannot see over the dashboard.
 
Reverend Blair
#22
You don't see cars like that Charger anymore, really. It was as fast as most Jags and so on of the day, but the suspension and handling were basically as nimble the average truck. I don't think that one even had shoulder belts, just lap belts so your body could act like a lever as your head slammed into the bash or steering wheel.

We had some incredibly fast cars over here that were cheap enough that average young people could buy them new, Emma. They were basically built to run 1/4 mile in a straight line.

By the time my friends and I were buying our first cars the really fast ones like my friend's were already becoming collectible, but the ones that would only go 120 MPH could be bought for $400 or $500...about the size of a paycheque from a summer job.
 
Reverend Blair
#23
You don't see cars like that Charger anymore, really. It was as fast as most Jags and so on of the day, but the suspension and handling were basically as nimble the average truck. I don't think that one even had shoulder belts, just lap belts so your body could act like a lever as your head slammed into the bash or steering wheel.

We had some incredibly fast cars over here that were cheap enough that average young people could buy them new, Emma. They were basically built to run 1/4 mile in a straight line.

By the time my friends and I were buying our first cars the really fast ones like my friend's were already becoming collectible, but the ones that would only go 120 MPH could be bought for $400 or $500...about the size of a paycheque from a summer job.
 
Reverend Blair
#24
You don't see cars like that Charger anymore, really. It was as fast as most Jags and so on of the day, but the suspension and handling were basically as nimble the average truck. I don't think that one even had shoulder belts, just lap belts so your body could act like a lever as your head slammed into the bash or steering wheel.

We had some incredibly fast cars over here that were cheap enough that average young people could buy them new, Emma. They were basically built to run 1/4 mile in a straight line.

By the time my friends and I were buying our first cars the really fast ones like my friend's were already becoming collectible, but the ones that would only go 120 MPH could be bought for $400 or $500...about the size of a paycheque from a summer job.
 
peapod
#25
In victoria there are alot of seniors, its retirement heaven. Some of the driving stories are unbelievable. Just a few months ago at the at the plaza up the road, a senior got into her car to drive away and instead of putting the car in reverse, she put it in drive and stepped on the gas. She landed inside the lottery store Seriously, she went right through the front of the store and the car was inside the store, just the tail end sticking out....good thing no one was at the counter...

Hey this is kind of strange...but have you ever noticed when you pull up to light, if the person's car next to you moves in anyway, it feels like your car is moving :P its weird, you put on the brakes, but you are not moving.
 
peapod
#26
In victoria there are alot of seniors, its retirement heaven. Some of the driving stories are unbelievable. Just a few months ago at the at the plaza up the road, a senior got into her car to drive away and instead of putting the car in reverse, she put it in drive and stepped on the gas. She landed inside the lottery store Seriously, she went right through the front of the store and the car was inside the store, just the tail end sticking out....good thing no one was at the counter...

Hey this is kind of strange...but have you ever noticed when you pull up to light, if the person's car next to you moves in anyway, it feels like your car is moving :P its weird, you put on the brakes, but you are not moving.
 
peapod
#27
In victoria there are alot of seniors, its retirement heaven. Some of the driving stories are unbelievable. Just a few months ago at the at the plaza up the road, a senior got into her car to drive away and instead of putting the car in reverse, she put it in drive and stepped on the gas. She landed inside the lottery store Seriously, she went right through the front of the store and the car was inside the store, just the tail end sticking out....good thing no one was at the counter...

Hey this is kind of strange...but have you ever noticed when you pull up to light, if the person's car next to you moves in anyway, it feels like your car is moving :P its weird, you put on the brakes, but you are not moving.
 
Rick van Opbergen
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by EmmaDibbs

Well the official speed limit is 70mph- but no one really ever sticks to it.

70 mph. That is 112 km/h. 80 mph is 128 km/h (to go back to your first post). Well I don't think that's really fast. I mean, in the Netherlands, the official speed limit on highways is 120 km/h (although there are also people driving faster, and nobody seems to care really). So from that point of view (and to go back to the initial discussion): no, I don't think 80mph is really fast. I'm taking driving lessons at the moment and I have already driven 80 mph on the highways so ...
 
Rick van Opbergen
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by EmmaDibbs

Well the official speed limit is 70mph- but no one really ever sticks to it.

70 mph. That is 112 km/h. 80 mph is 128 km/h (to go back to your first post). Well I don't think that's really fast. I mean, in the Netherlands, the official speed limit on highways is 120 km/h (although there are also people driving faster, and nobody seems to care really). So from that point of view (and to go back to the initial discussion): no, I don't think 80mph is really fast. I'm taking driving lessons at the moment and I have already driven 80 mph on the highways so ...
 
Rick van Opbergen
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by EmmaDibbs

Well the official speed limit is 70mph- but no one really ever sticks to it.

70 mph. That is 112 km/h. 80 mph is 128 km/h (to go back to your first post). Well I don't think that's really fast. I mean, in the Netherlands, the official speed limit on highways is 120 km/h (although there are also people driving faster, and nobody seems to care really). So from that point of view (and to go back to the initial discussion): no, I don't think 80mph is really fast. I'm taking driving lessons at the moment and I have already driven 80 mph on the highways so ...
 

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