This article is very long so I'll just put the link.It's worth a read and has some interesting info & stats.
What do you reckon about expanding these limits across other parts of Australia? Perhaps name a few roads & highways where you reckon a higher speed limit should be set.
I drove from Perth to Darwin and back again in a V8 VY One Tonner when they had open speed limits in the Northern Territory and found 130kph was a comfortable cursing speed .Fuel usage started to go up a bit above 140kph.
When I got back into WA the 110kph speed limit felt just plain silly in some places , but there were other roads where the 110 limit felt a bit optimistic and I sat on 90-100 kph.
In some parts of the USA they have 85mph (136ks) speed on their multi lane freeways, I found it was nice to have those speeds and you do cover some distance very fast. But I found it very scary when there are so many cars on the road and your trying to cross from the outside lane to the inside lane on a 4 lane freeway trying to get to the exit lane. Very scary.
I have heard N.T. is going back to unlimited speed limit , to stop the wicked campers trying to do 130 and killin themselves .Seems when there,s an open limit they find their own comfortable speed , but if they see 130 they try and do it . I,ve always found , in a car , over 140 the concentration level raises somewhat and it,s harder to do long distances . My 2c worth.
I heard today on the radio that Germany, is going to put speed restrictions on its Auto Bahn, something to do with crash reduction rates?
Honestly 130k, do you need to go faster I don't think so.
Time and place . Most of us have done over 130km/h .
So what you,re sayin , is the rules are for the ones who shouldn,t be on the road anyway !
Great insight Darke, you know that if the Govt were to actually use our taxes from fuel, vehicle registrations, fines etc propperly, and inject that money into educating road users, designing and providing decent roads, we'd be able to travel those speeds without any issues. It seems unfortunately that these forms of revenue just end up as general revenue and not directed to where it should be going.
crist all mitghty as ive always said most people are useless individuals sheep as my ol man saz ,i dont no how most people make it out of da house without hurtin themselves let alone drive ,bloody cops are shit drivers as well half of em are pimply faced num nuts that couldnt put air in a tyre let alone drive geezzez were,s ya head at ,man does 200klms an hour for a bit then goes home sits down reads paper ,well every k over is a killerthey keep floggin dis shit absolute lies coz this man didnt die only bugs splattered on helmet was only fatality an a few on bike bugger have to wash bike now so this every k over statement is a load of shit ,actually lies if you want to get legal about that statement . some people are better at useing vechicles than others ,an some die culling i call it its already there destiny i believe ,an saying its gunna take so many hours 2 get ambulance if ya crash ,well speeds got nothin 2 do with it coz wats da difference if person crashes at 100ks in remote area or 130ks or 80ks response time not gunna change if ya only doin 80ks so statement is incorrect ,ive crashed lots of bikes cars all sorts of equipment an im still alive ,its up 2 fate wether ya die or not all diss saftey shit drives me up da wall you are ya own destiny ,you no if ya flaunt it one day it will bite ya thats an aware person capeable of makein your own decisions in life weather driveing or walking across road SHINGLES
Good point you make.
And unrealistically low speed limits makes 100% difference to govt revenue.
In heavily built up areas and around schools and shops, fair enough for proactive speed limit enforcement.
But in some country ares, there are 80 limits which seem to defy logic. But you can gaurantee there will be an un-marked speed camera in the area.
Speed and Safety don't have to be mutually exclusive. They can work hand in hand.
But alas, the 'Good Ol Days' of picking your time and place to stretch the legs of your machine have been captured into "Hoon" laws where we must comply with the wishes of some cardigan wearing govt official who takes public transport to work each day.
Been a while. This retirement is just too busy!
In regards to the 130 + speed limits. Its good fun until you come unstuck! Great to actually use 6th gear!
The overseas visitors see the 130k/hr signs and go for it. See a lot of wrecked Wicked vans on the side of the road!
All good having these speed limits but the other problem is the people that are not used to it and do not take into consideration that you are doing the speed when they decide to turn out in front of you.
Its the slow ones that create the danger to the ones doing speed! (as in moving, not taking the drug)