Highways to become speedways!


JLM
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Speed limits on some B.C. highways to hit 120 km/h - British Columbia - CBC News


How many idiots are we going to meet on the highway now who will be doing 150 kmh.? Does the idiot have an inkling what happens if you blow a tire at that speed?
 
#juan
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120 kph is about 74 mph. People have been going faster than that on German Autobahns for years. People, , normally drive about ten kmh above the posted limit. If you are doing a lot of highway driving, you owe it to yourself and to your passengers to have V-rated tires on your car. A tire blowout should be the last thing you have to worry about..
Last edited by #juan; Jul 2nd, 2014 at 01:38 PM..
 
Kreskin
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This is great news.
 
#juan
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Quote: Originally Posted by KreskinView Post

This is great news.

My only fear is that pickup trucks are also going to drive that fast and they are not suited to high speed.
 
Kreskin
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I also like the news of more enforcement of slow traffic staying right. The clueless doddlers are dangerous. I wish they would do what they do in Oregon. That's keep semis slower and out of the passing lanes.
 
lone wolf
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Some folk have the hardest of times in figuring out that passing lanes are for passing - until they reach the last 100 feet
 
#juan
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Another thing people don't understand is what happens to a vehicle's handling when you put huge tires on it.
 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

Another thing people don't understand is what happens to a vehicle's handling when you put huge tires on it.

...especially with mud lugs
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

Speed limits on some B.C. highways to hit 120 km/h - British Columbia - CBC News


How many idiots are we going to meet on the highway now who will be doing 150 kmh.? Does the idiot have an inkling what happens if you blow a tire at that speed?

About time, I go that fast already.
 
#juan
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Here is a bit more info on tire ratings:

V-rated tires

Above 149 MPH/240 KPH

Should be all any sane person would need.
Last edited by #juan; Jul 3rd, 2014 at 08:11 AM..
 
taxslave
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Before speed limits were lowered by bureaucrats in the name of energy conservation the limit on the freeway was 70 MPH. And that was before radial tires.
 
#juan
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Before speed limits were lowered by bureaucrats in the name of energy conservation the limit on the freeway was 70 MPH. And that was before radial tires.

And before most cars had respectable suspensions and brakes. The old bias ply tires were the worst. Radial tires were available but most people didn't use them. Back in the sixties and seventies I owned a whole procession of British sports cars. MGs, Triumphs, Austin Healys and at least one clapped out old Porche.
 
shadowshiv
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

Speed limits on some B.C. highways to hit 120 km/h - British Columbia - CBC News


How many idiots are we going to meet on the highway now who will be doing 150 kmh.? Does the idiot have an inkling what happens if you blow a tire at that speed?

The same people that will be driving 150 km/h while the posted limit is 120 km/h are the same ones that drove 150 km/h when the posted limit was lower. They don't care about the speed limit is, they will drive at whatever speed they want to...they have places to be, after all.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

And before most cars had respectable suspensions and brakes. The old bias ply tires were the worst. Radial tires were available but most people didn't use them. Back in the sixties and seventies I owned a whole procession of British sports cars. MGs, Triumphs, Austin Healys and at least one clapped out old Porche.


Most accidents have nothing to do with vehicle or tire abilities but driver stupidity and error- accidents happening at 80 kmh may just result in personal injury while the same accident at 120 kmh could well result in personal fatality!
 
relic
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What I have to wonder about as I travel the TC, is why so many people seem to have trouble negotiating straight roads.Judging from the slide marks going off into the ditch.
 
Blackleaf
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Speed limits on motorways should be got rid of entirely.

Speed limits on motorways serve no useful function whatsoever. They certainly don't perform a safety function.

Whilst speed limits on British motorways are a sluggish 70mph, there are, in general, no speed limits whatsoever on German autobahns. Again, the Germans are showing typical Teutonic common sense.

While parts of the autobahns and many other freeway-style highways have a posted limits up to 81 mph based on accident experience, congestion and other facts, many rural sections have NO general speed limit.

The German Highway Code (Straßenverkehrs-Ordnung) section on speed begins with the requirement which may be rendered in English:

Any person driving a vehicle may only drive so fast that the car is under control. Speeds must be adapted to the road, traffic, visibility and weather conditions as well as the personal skills and characteristics of the vehicle and load.

Some German autobahns have MINIMUM - not maximum, but MINIMUM - speed limits of 68mph on the left and 56mph on the centre lane. Vehicles which cannot sustain speeds of at least 37 mph on the flat are not allowed on the autobahn.

Despite the fact that autobahns generally don't have a speed limits, it doesn't mean that they are accident hotspots, with carnage on them every week.

In 2012, autobahns carried 31% of motorized road traffic while accounting for 11% of Germany's traffic deaths. On autobahns 22 people died per 1000 injury crashes; a lower rate than the 29 deaths per 1,000 injury accidents on rural roads, which in turn is five times higher than the risk on urban streets. Despite the lack of speed limits, autobahn deaths decreased from 945 to 430 deaths between 1970 and 2010.

Speed limits are just a nonsense piece of over-the-top 'Elf N Safety which serve no use whatsoever apart from making it longer to get from A to B.

Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

120 kph is about 74 mph...

And, like I say, 70mph is the speed limit on British motorways. And it has been like that for years and yet Britain has less deaths on the roads than almost any other country.

On French autoroutes, the speed limit is 81mph (130kph, in funny money).

And yet here are some people complaining that Canada's roads are to increase to have a similar speed limit to what they have in Britian.

What do you lot drive over there? Horse and cart?
Last edited by Blackleaf; Jul 15th, 2014 at 07:07 AM..
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by relicView Post

What I have to wonder about as I travel the TC, is why so many people seem to have trouble negotiating straight roads.Judging from the slide marks going off into the ditch.


Easy answer.....................not paying attention.

Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Speed limits on motorways should be got rid of entirely.

Speed limits on motorways serve no useful function whatsoever. They certainly don't perform a safety function.


Before you go spouting off a bunch of utter f**king nonsense, Einstein, you may want to consider the topography in British Columbia is much different from what the Blighters have to contend with.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

you may want to consider the topography in British Columbia is much different from what the Blighters have to contend with.

Is it? Is it REALLY that much different? Do your motorways go up the side of snow-capped peaks, do they?

Just face it. Canada's current speed limits are laughably too slow, and it's time they were increased or done away with altogether.
 
Sal
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On clear, dry highways, I do 120 now I'll do 120 then.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

On clear, dry highways, I do 120 now I'll do 120 then.

When you consider that some European countries' motorways have 80mph speed limits; Britain has 70mph speed limits (but plans are underway to increase it to 80mph); and Germany doesn't have any speed limits on its autobahns, having to break the speed limit (which is just 62mph on most Canadian highways) just to go 74mph really does take the biscuit.

If Europeans were driving in Canada they'd all be ramming your back bumpers to tell you to get a bloody move on.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

When you consider that some European countries' motorways have 80mph speed limits; Britain has 70mph speed limits (but plans are underway to increase it to 80mph); and Germany doesn't have any speed limits on its autobahns, having to break the speed limit (which is just 62mph on most Canadian highways) just to go 74mph really does take the biscuit.

If Europeans were driving in Canada they'd all be ramming your back bumpers to tell you to get a bloody move on.

agreed...people need to understand their ability behind the wheel, the road and weather conditions, and drive according to that not some sign on the side of the road
 
taxslave
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Just place a big N on the back of your car. Apparently it guarantees immunity against stupidity.
 
petros
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Raise the limit all you want. Expect insurance to rise and big as$ revenue stream from "driving above conditions" tickets and point losses.
 
B00Mer
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120 kmph, (74mph) why so slow??

Sh*t, I did 80 to 85 mph in my Big Truck on the open roads in Texas...



...and and JLM I've had front tire, superwide tire and trailer tires blow outs at that speed.. because of the heat of the road at 110F.

You control the rig and slow to the side of the road.

As for a front tire blow out, you speed up a little to keep control of your steering, move to the side of the road, then start to slow down.

Mind you, the weather is always pretty nice in Texas.. LOL
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

agreed...people need to understand their ability behind the wheel, the road and weather conditions, and drive according to that not some sign on the side of the road


We are a loooooooooooooooong way from that ever happening. A good percentage of drivers don't even understand what is a safe distance for following vehicles. The "two second rule" is an absolute minimum and personally I prefer and try to abide by 3.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

120 kmph, (74mph) why so slow??

Sh*t, I did 80 to 85 mph in my Big Truck on the open roads in Texas...

Because as I said, people should be driving according to their skill and the road conditions not according to some sign posted on the side of the road nor racing for the sake of speed...

that's why people get into trouble and kill others...they don't know their own skill level...

I used to be on the road every day...skill level is refined due to experience, you can anticipate what the azzhat in front of you is doing because you see it daily

that driver is very different than pappy who is ambling along on a highway once a month...I don't want him doing 150 k on the road regardless of the allowance...

if one is driving to a destination 2 hours away...it isn't going to change your time hardly at all by increasing your speed by 5 or 10 extra klicks ...but it could change whether or not you arrive alive
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

The "two second rule" is an absolute minimum and personally I prefer and try to abide by 3.

I never heard of a 2 second rule, it's always been 3 second rule or better for me.. must be a Canadian thing.. no wonder they always tailgate me here in Canada.

In a Big Rig, you leave more space and always look for an out, a lane or place to go in case of emergency.
 
petros
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Because as I said, people should be driving according to their skill and the road conditions not according to some sign posted on the side of the road nor racing for the sake of speed

And the cops will be on top of those who think they are within their skill and speed limits. Focusing on idiots instead of speeds will make them a looooooot of moolah.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

And the cops will be on top of those who think they are within their skill and speed limits. Focusing on idiots instead of speeds will make them a looooooot of moolah.

So you're planning on getting a lot of tickets then...
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

I never heard of a 2 second rule, it's always been 3 second rule or better for me..

In a Big Rig, you leave more space and always look for an out, a lane or place to go in case of emergency.

which is why I hate driving with one of my girlfriends...she likes the middle lane...sets herself up all nicely and just goes along...she does not continually monitor what is going on around her and reduce or speed up according to need...makes me feel like a cat on on hot tin roof sitting there...

Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

We are a loooooooooooooooong way from that ever happening. A good percentage of drivers don't even understand what is a safe distance for following vehicles. The "two second rule" is an absolute minimum and personally I prefer and try to abide by 3.

no we're not...we have created our own problem here by telling people how they should be driving instead of teaching them how to drive safely...

some people think 50 means drive 50 even on ice...'well I was doing the speed limit when I hit him'...yes you were you dumb bunny
 

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